March finds us celebrating International Women’s Day.
In Scotland we may not recognise it in any formal way, but we all appreciate that women play key roles in the work place and the home.
To function well in these roles and reach their full potential, women should be mindful of their mental and physical health.
Some of the issues that affect a woman’s physical health as she goes through life are directly related to childbearing and the menopause.
At these points, one of the most common problems a woman may have to contend with is pelvic floor weakness.
This particular problem can result in gynaecological issues such as incontinence and prolapse which are both common, but in most cases, easily improved with the correct advice, assessment and treatment.
It is estimated that up to 50 percent of women can develop a prolapse and one in three will experience bladder weakness.
Many women put up with these problems in the belief that it is an expected outcome of pregnancy and childbirth. Many women suffer in silence thinking they are alone in having this type of problem and often avoid discussing it with their GP or family and friends.
There is help out there and at least seventy five percent of patients normally see a reduction in symptoms with physiotherapy intervention.
Specialist physiotherapists with experience in urogynaecology and pelvic floor dysfunction are trained to work with women to identify the problem and work towards simple lifestyle and exercise solutions that can show results within a few months.
You won’t need a gym membership to carry out this type of exercise and all women can benefit!
So as we celebrate International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day take the time to think about your health and well being in 2015 and with small changes, a bit of effort and the right support, you can look forward to the future with confidence.