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When trying to understand what a healthy bladder and bowel are, it is helpful to know how your bladder and bowel work, what is normal and what is not normal. Bladder or urinary incontinence is common. Bowel leakage can also occur 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 or urinary incontinence is common. Different types of incontinence, what is normal, the causes and symptoms of incontinence, 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. There are usually ways to reduce incontinence, so seek help as soon as possible. Remember, it is never too late and you are never too old to seek improvements.
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 a UTI or cystitis) 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 is discussed.
There are many different types of prolapse, including uterine, bladder and bowel prolapse. Causes of prolapse, symptoms, tests used to diagnose prolapse, and management and treatment of prolapse are discussed.
Pelvic floor exercises
Pelvic floor exercises are important for all women to practise, to maintain strong muscles and reduce the risk of incontinence and prolapse. However, it is also important that your pelvic floor muscles are able to let go. The steps and best way to do pelvic floor exercises are discussed.
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, is important to a healthy digestive system. The importance of bowel flora (good bacteria) and keeping physically active is also discussed.
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