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Pelvic floor symptoms

What we do

We are specialist physiotherapists trained in pelvic health. As part of this, we can help if you are experiencing any symptoms related to pelvic floor dysfunction.

The pelvic floor plays an important role in a number of different functions. These include our bladder and bowel continence, supporting our abdominal and pelvic contents (including our babies when we are pregnant), providing stability to our spine and pelvis and assisting with our sexual function.

If the pelvic floor muscles are not functioning correctly (which can be common in women, particularly those who have had children) you may experience pain or symptoms linked to pelvic floor muscle weakness. These can include incontinence (a urine leak during a cough or with exercise), prolapse and pain during intercourse.
We are able to offer physiotherapy assessment and treatment sessions to women experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction in order to try and improve quality of life and maintain/restore normal function and activity.

 

Who is it for?

Currently our service is for adults only who experiencing issues including:

  • Prolapse
  • Incontinence
  • Perineal tear or episiotomies (cuts) following childbirth
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pelvic pain

Can anyone use this service?

Yes, but you will need to be referred by either your GP, Consultant, Midwife or other health care professional in order to access our service.

You can also self-refer (if there are no other complications) by calling 01443 471515 for a self-assessment form.

 

Opening Times 
Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm

 

What to expect

Our admin team will contact you either by telephone or post. You will initially be emailed a video link to a pelvic floor education session which you can watch online. This video will give you lots of valuable information on the pelvic floor muscles, their importance in our everyday lives and their role in bladder & bowel health and continence, along with lots of handy tips on how to start gaining control of your symptoms. . It is very important that you watch the video before attending your first appointment.

After watching this video you can then arrange an individual assessment with a female specialist pelvic health physiotherapist, which will be carried out in a private treatment room. An internal vaginal assessment may be indicated in order to assess your pelvic floor muscles and decide on the best treatment for you.

If you would like a chaperone for the assessment, please let us know in advance so that we can organise this.

Please do not reschedule an appointment during your period as there are always other assessment and treatment options available at this time.

Please bring a list of any medication you are taking to your first appointment.

 

Contact us

Our admin team can be reached on 01443 471515. We currently offer appointments in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Ysbyty Cwm Cynon in Mountain Ash and Princess of Wales Hospital.
If you would prefer your assessment and treatment to be carried out in Welsh, this is possible currently at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon Hospital, Mountain Ash and Princess of Wales Hospital. Please request this when phoning to book your appointment.

It is important that you let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend your agreed appointment. This allows us to offer the appointment slot to another patient and therefore keep our waiting lists as short as possible. Failing to attend without prior notice may result in being discharged from our service.

We welcome patient feedback and suggestions on how we can continue to improve the service we offer so please get in touch with any comments you may have or if you wish to speak to one of the pelvic health Physiotherapy team.

 

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