The Continence Foundation of Australia is the national peak body representing the interests of the one in four Australians affected by incontinence, their carers, families and clinicians.
Research shows that up to half of women report urinary leakage when exercising. The Continence Foundation created the Pelvic Floor First initiative to encourage pelvic floor safe exercises to reduce the risk of bladder and bowel problems.
Common signs that can indicate a pelvic floor problem include:
- leaking urine when you exercise, laugh, cough or sneeze
- needing to hurry to the toilet or not making it there in time
- constantly needing to go to the toilet
- finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
- accidentally losing control of your bladder or bowel
- a prolapse
- pain in your pelvic area, or
- painful sex
Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should seek advice from a health professional or phone the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66. The Helpline is staffed 8am-8pm AEST Monday to Friday by continence nurse advisors who provide advice, resources and contact details of local services.
The Continence Foundation recommends people embarking on an exercise program should first consult with a health professional.
The Pelvic Floor First App is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the National Continence Program.
Download the app to your smart phone or tablet