Bladder and Bowel Issues
For women suffering from bladder and bowel dysfunction, Women’s Health Plus provides a range of treatments and therapies.
Bladder dysfunction and bowel dysfunction manifest themselves in problems with urinating and passing stools. These can be difficult and awkward problems for some women to deal with; however, our caring and empathetic staff make seeking treatment a comfortable experience, and we provide a safe and welcoming environment for women of all ages.
At our Adelaide women’s health centre, we are able to provide treatment and therapy for a range of bladder and bowel issues, including urinary incontinence and faecal incontinence. Urinary incontinence can take the form of an overactive bladder, difficulty in controlling the sphincter muscles, or urine retention. If you suffer from faecal incontinence, a sudden urge for a bowel movement may mean that you don’t have sufficient time to make it to the toilet, or there may be some leakage when you pass wind.
Bladder and bowel dysfunction in women can be the result of the nerves and muscles that control them being affected. This can be the result of childbirth and damage to the pelvic floor muscles, the onset of menopause, or lifestyle factors.
Medication and stress can also contribute to urinary and faecal incontinence, as can digestive problems and diabetes. In more rare occasions, incontinence can be part of a more generalised neurological or muscular disorder.
At Women’s Health Plus, our specialist Dr Hanan Maghazaji, along with our Continence Nurse Ann Robinson, will work with you to find solutions and provide treatment for both urinary and faecal incontinence problems. This can include bladder scans, fluid voiding charts and urodynamic testing to investigate the problems, help with pelvic floor education, Neotonus chair therapy, laser treatment, medications, sacral neurostimulation, and sometimes intermittent self catheterisation (ISC). We can also advise you on the ways in which pelvic floor exercises can help to improve bladder and bowel control, as well as lifestyle changes that will help to address continence issues.
For patients who meet the criteria, we can also help you complete Continence Aids Payment Scheme applications.