When trying to understand what is a healthy bladder and bowel it is helpful to know how your bladder and bowel work, what is normal and what is not normal. Bladder weakness, also called incontinence, is common. Bowel leakage also occurs and can be a very embarrassing topic to discuss. Different types of incontinence, urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder, bowel and vaginal prolapse, constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and bowel cancer are all discussed along with helpful tips to manage and treat these conditions.
Bladder incontinence, also called bladder weakness, is common. Different types of incontinence, what is normal, the causes, symptoms and how incontinence is diagnosed are discussed.
Bowel leakage, also called bowel incontinence, can be a very embarrassing topic to discuss. Many women experience bowel leakage at some time in their life. What is normal, what are the causes, how is it diagnosed and what can you do to prevent and manage bowel incontinence?
When trying to understand what is a healthy bowel it is helpful to understand how your bowel works, what is normal and what is not normal, particularly when it comes to constipation and diarrhoea. There are also tips to help you keep your bowel healthy.
Bowel cancer is a common cause of cancer related death in Australia, yet it is not talked about as much as other cancers. What is bowel cancer, the symptoms of bowel cancer, who is at risk and how to be screened?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is when the bowel becomes sensitive, contracts unevenly and causes pain and bloating. The symptoms of IBS are discussed along with helpful suggestions to manage IBS.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
One in two women will get a urinary tract infection (also called UTI) in their lifetime. What causes UTIs, what increases your risk of getting a UTI, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed and what you can do to prevent further UTIs.
Prolapse & bladder weakness
There are many different types of prolapse including vaginal, uterine, bladder and bowel prolapse. Causes of prolapse, symptoms, tests used to diagnose prolapse, and management and treatment of prolapse are discussed.
Pelvic floor strength
When you sneeze, cough or jump the last thing you want to do is experience bladder or bowel leakage (incontinence). Pelvic floor exercises are important for all women to practise to maintain strong muscles and reduce the risk of incontinence. The steps and best way to do pelvic floor exercises are discussed along with how to retrain your bladder to hold more urine.
Sex & relationships
Incontinence, urinary tract infections (UTIs), prolapse and problems with constipation and diarrhoea can affect women’s sexual health and make sex painful. Knowing what to do and manage the effects of these problems on your sex life is important.
A healthy diet including adequate fibre and fluid intake are important to a healthy digestive system. The importance of bowel flora (good bacteria) and keeping physically active are also discussed.
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