are socialising with three women
friends then the chances are that at least one
of you experiences
bladder weakness – stress incontinence
– when urine leaks involuntarily on coughin
g, sneezing, laughing
There are three main
reasons for this:
- weakened pelvic floor muscles due to childbirth or being overweight;
- going through the menopause – the reduction of oestrogen affects the abdominal and bladder muscles;
- infection, certain drugs, nerve damage or constipation;
What you can do
- stress – unexpected leakage;
- urge – sudden urge to pass urine which cannot be restrained;
- overflow – when the bladder does not empty completely, urine builds up and may drip out;
- mixture – it’s quite common to have more than one of the above.
Pelvic floor workout
- Make sure you empty your bladder completely. There’s a tendency for women to lean forwards while urinating, when to empty the bladder you should lean backwards.
- If you think you have an infection – have a test and get it treated.
- Wear a pad - Tena make a range of these - while you are sorting out the problem.
- Work on your pelvic floor muscles.
Professor Kari Bø
has launched a DVD to teach the Pelvicore Technique
which increases core strength,
A physical therapist
and exercise scientist at the Department of Sports Medicine in Oslo, Kari
has written widely about the pelvic floor,
fitness, pregnancy, fitness and women’s health
In the Pelvicore Technique
DVD Kari explains how to locate
the pelvic floor muscles and how to tone
them along with exercises
to improve movement
and reduce back pain.
Studies show her technique cures
stress incontinence in 60 to 70 per cent
of women. The exercises
are simple to follow
and you should allow about 20 minutes
to complete them.
Pelvicore Technique is produced by CoreWellness
, a Europe-wide campaign supported by Tena,
a leading hygiene
brand and expert in bladder weakness.
To get your free
copy of Pelvicore Technique
DVD ring 0845 300 6466
or go to www.corewellness.co.uk