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Women's Pelvic Health

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Do you have a heavy, dragging feeling in your vagina?
Can you feel a bulge at the entrance to your vagina?
Has your GP told you that you have a prolapse?

Pelvic Organ Prolapse is when one or more of the organs (the uterus, bladder, urethra or bowel) in the pelvis drop. This can be bothersome and annoying. It can also have a huge impact on your life, making day to day living uncomfortable and normally enjoyable activities unpleasant.

Many women experience Pelvic Organ Prolapse but you don’t have to live with it or suffer in silence. In many cases, Pelvic Organ Prolapse can be better managed, its symptoms reduced and its progression prevented.

Common Symptoms:

    A heavy or dragging feeling in the vagina, especially later in the day
    A bulge at the entrance to your vagina
    Discomfort with prolonged standing
    Not being able to enjoy general exercise
    Concern about the impact on intimacy
    Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel
    Low back ache

Possible Causes Of Pelvic Organ Prolapse:

    Pregnancy & childbirth
    Pelvic floor stretch & weakness
    Constipation
    Chronic cough
    Heavy lifting
    Obesity
    Ageing & menopause
    Genetic factors
    Strenuous sports

How We Can Help:

Evidence shows that you can successfully reduce prolapse symptoms and stop the progression through a personalised pelvic health program designed and managed by a specifically trained Physiotherapist. At Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy we specialise in providing a personalised pelvic health program exclusively for you.

What To Expect:

    A thorough assessment to establish your goals, pelvic floor requirements and treatment plan
    Design of a personalised pelvic floor muscle exercise program
    Progression of your program  and application to daily activities
    Suggested modifications to minimise risk factors and maximise your function
    Consideration of a pessary to assist your symptoms in conjunction with your medical practitioner

 

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What Is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

The pelvic floor muscles are at the base of the pelvis and attach from the pubic bone at the front to the tail bone at the back. They are like a hammock and support the bladder, uterus and bowel. They also help control the bladder and bowel and play a role in sexual function.

If the pelvic floor muscles are weak, they can contribute to poor bladder and bowel control and pelvic organ prolapse. If you are unable to relax your pelvic floor you may have problems with bladder and bowel emptying or sexual and pelvic pain.

Our specifically trained Physiotherapists will evaluate the function of your pelvic floor muscles and assess your ability to contract and relax these muscles. Pelvic floor muscle training under the guidance of a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is recognised as an effective treatment for these problems.

 

Real Time Ultrasound – A Useful Tool

We’re up to date with the latest technology which includes Real Time Ultrasound. 
This is an imaging technology that shows contraction and relaxation of deep muscles in real time and allows us to give you a more accurate assessment if required.

 

Uses Of Real Time Ultrasound

•  Your Physiotherapist may make use of ultrasound as part of your pelvic floor and abdominal assessment to ensure you’re activating and relaxing your muscles correctly

•  It may be used as a teaching tool to provide you with immediate visual feedback to improve learning and performance

•  Real Time Ultrasound can be used as a bladder scanner to assess bladder emptying

 

Our Locations

Camberwell
549 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
T: 03 8823 8300
F: 03 8823 8399
Hampton
170 Thomas St, Hampton VIC 3188
T: 03 9521 0444
F: 03 9521 0777 

Also consulting at:

Box Hill:  Epworth Eastern Hospital, Level 3, Suite 19, 1 Arnold Street
East Bentleigh: Southern Urology, 7 Chester Street
East Melbourne: Urology Consultants Victoria, Suite 102, Freemasons Hospital, 320 Victoria Parade
Malvern: Australian Urology Associates, Ground Floor, 322 Glenferrie Road
Malvern: Cabrini Mother and Baby Centre, Area E, Level 2, Cabrini Hospital, 183 Wattletree Road

If you’d like to make an appointment for one of these locations please call our Camberwell rooms on 03 8823 8300