If you answer YES to any of these questions you may have a bladder or bowel control problem
- Do you have to rush to get to the toilet?
- Do you sometimes leak before you get to the toilet?
- Is it difficult to tell when you need to go to the toilet?
- Are you unable to stop the flow of urine when on the toilet
- Do you have difficulty initiating the stream of urine
- Do you strain to pass urine
- Do you sometimes feel you have not completely emptied your bladder?
- Do you wake up twice or more during the night to pass urine?
- Do you have triggers that make you feel you cannot wait to use the toilet?
- Do you sometimes leak when you lift something heavy, sneeze, cough or laugh?
- Do you sometimes leak when you exercise or play sport?
- Do you leak more during, before or after your period?
- Are you frequently nervous because you think you might lose control of your bladder?
- Are you unable to feel that you need to have a bowel movement or pass gas?
- Do you strain to empty your bowel?
- Do you have difficulty initiating a bowel movement?
- Do you feel that you don’t completely empty after a bowel movement?
- Do you have a history of haemorrhoids?
- Do you have difficulty controlling wind/gas?
- Do you sometimes soil your underwear?
- Are you frequently nervous because you think you might lose control of your bowel?
- Do you plan your daily routing around where the nearest toilet is?
- Empties 4-8 times a day (every 3-4 hours)
- May wake you once at night, twice if > 65 years
- Let’s you know when it’s full but gives you enough time to get to the toilet
- Empties completely each time you pass urine
- Does not leak
- The bowel normally wants to empty approximately 30 minutes after a meal
- The bowel will normal empty within 1.5 hours of waking in the morning
- It should be able to hold on for a short time after you feel the first urge to go to the toilet – allows for time to get to the toilet and remove clothes etc.
- Pass a bowel motion within about a minute of sitting on the toilet
- Pas a bowel motion easily and without pain
- Completely empty your bowel when you pass a motion – you shouldn’t have to go back to the toilet soon after to pass more
If you have any health concerns in the above areas, please consult your general practitioner or one of our Physiotherapists.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Woman’s Health, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates