Mary ODwyer's blog

Prolapse Prevention begins early

With 50% of baby boomer women affected by varying degrees of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and ultrasound studies showing unexpectedly high rates of mild to moderate prolapse in young and/or asymptomatic women, it’s important to address what can be done to change POP outcomes for younger as well as baby boomer women.

The Impact Of Urinary Incontinence and Urgency on Women’s And Their Partners Sex Lives

This Swedish study focused on 99 sexually active couples and aimed to assess the impact of female UI and urgency on women’s and their partner’s sexual life and to elucidate the concordance of answers within couples. Women aged 18 to 74 with urinary incontinence (UI) and or urgency were recruited from four outpatient clinics. All women who had a partner relationship were asked to complete a specific semi-structured questionnaire regarding psychosocial function, partner relationship and sexuality.

Taming A Bloated Tummy

Many clients with pelvic floor dysfunction report irritable bowel (IBS) type symptoms causing an upset, bloated tummy. The resulting pain can ruin your day and distract from focusing on work or simply enjoying planned activities. If bloating affects your quality of life, maybe some of the following suggestions will help to relieve tiresome gut pain.

Children Get Pelvic Floor Muscle Problems Too

We don’t tend to think about children having pelvic floor dysfunction – it’s a condition that’s associated more with childbirth, obesity, ageing, heavy lifting and elite athletes. Pelvic floor dysfunction is not always recognized as the cause of ongoing bladder frequency, urgency, and pelvic and low back pain in adults let alone children.

Increased bladder symptoms in women linked to smoking

The side effects of smoking are well documented with smokers having a higher risk of developing respiratory tract infections, emphysema, various types of cancers, cardio vascular disease, stomach ulcers and peripheral vascular disease.

Nature and nurture key in bladder control

Genes may play an important role in developing urinary incontinence, while lifestyle - including diet may be the biggest factor in overactive bladder, new research suggests. Click on the link below to learn more about the relationship of genes, individual environment, lifestyle habits, diet, exercise and smoking as well as factors like pregnancy.

Pelvic floor exercises - how can one exercise fit all?

Most magazine articles focus on advice to strengthen pelvic floor muscles (PFM) yet lack of strength is only one of the problems affecting this muscle group. It’s certainly not a case of ‘one size fits all’ with pelvic floor exercises (PFXs). When PFXs are indicated I need to know more about the specific muscle problem(s) in order to tailor a suitable program.