West Suffolk Physio

Women's Health

Having problems down below can be an embarrassing, uncomfortable and often quite isolating experience – but it doesn’t need to be! You really aren’t alone. In the UK, one in three women will suffer with pelvic health related problems in their lifetime. Common symptoms include accidental leakage (incontinence) which can be from the bladder or bowel,  an over-active bladder, pelvic organ prolapse (where the pelvic organs descend into the vagina due to weakened pelvic floor muscles and supporting tissues), and pelvic pain.

Whatever your age, accepting conditions like these doesn’t have to be your new way of life. Our specialist pelvic health physiotherapist provides assessment and treatment for a range of pelvic health related problems. She is passionate about improving women’s quality of life and giving them back a sense of control. We aim to help you to understand the cause of your symptoms, and more importantly, how to manage them.


What does women’s health physio cover?

 Urological and gynaecological:

  • Incontinence (urinary or faecal)

  • Urgency ( over active bladder or bowel)

  • Going to the toilet too often

  • Bowel care

  • Pelvic floor muscle weakness

  • Pelvic pain and vulvodynia

  • Pelvic organ prolapse

  • Over active pelvic floor muscles


Pregnancy and post-natal:

  • Back and neck pain

  • Symphysis pubis dysfunction and pelvic girdle pain

  • Pelvic floor trauma from childbirth

  • Incontinence

  • Diastasis of rectus abdominus

  • Pelvic floor weakness

  • Pelvic floor trauma from childbirth

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Advice on activity and exercise during and after pregnancy


What to expect at your first appointment:

We respect the sensitive nature of these symptoms and understand that speaking to a health professional about them can feel daunting for some women. We make it our priority to provide a confidential and supportive service in a relaxed setting to help put you at ease.

Your initial appointment will last up to an hour, during which your physiotherapist will take you through a detailed assessment asking you various questions about your symptoms. You will usually be offered an internal vaginal examination; this involves gentle examination of the pelvic floor muscles. Unlike a smear test there is no speculum used and this is far less invasive or uncomfortable! Though this is not compulsory, it is recommended in order for your physiotherapist to fully assess the function of your pelvic floor muscles and decide on the best course of treatment for you.

Please note if you are on your period or within six weeks of giving birth, we will not be able to perform an internal examination.  We can however still assess you and begin treatment, as well as offer advice.

Our pelvic health physiotherapist, Zoe, is happy to talk you through any questions or concerns you may have in confidence.  Speak with one of friendly reception team to request a call back.

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