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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Patient Information Leaflets

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The women and men's health physiotherapy team are specialised in treating patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.

The team treats a wide variety of patients including those with:

  • Urinary incontinence - stress, urge and mixed urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Obstructed defaecation
  • Pain with intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Third and fourth degree tears
  • Acute post natal perineal/pelvic floor problems
  • Ante natal and postnatal musculoskeletal dysfunction.

The team work collaboratively within a wider pelvic floor multi-disciplinery team which includes the radiology, medical physics, colorectal, uro-gynaecology departments and continence/bowel nurse specialists.

Treatment is always tailored to the patient and is in accordance with current guidelines from NICE, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Many of our patients experience big improvements from small changes.

Please watch our short information links below to help you find out more about the small changes that can help bladder, bowel and pelvic organ prolapse symptoms. They are all about 10 minutes long.

You can watch them in any order but we recommend that you start with the Introduction section first. (Called Common Pelvic Floor Problems – Important Introduction)

You may experience some differences in the sound quality of each of the sections at the moment. We are working hard to address this, but we were keen to be able to get these online as soon as possible in the advent of Covid-19. We hope that it does not significantly affect your viewing experience, but as always we do appreciate any feedback.

We would appreciate your anonymous feedback so we can improve our future care by learning from our patients. This is a survey of 5 short questions and most patients find that it typically takes 1-2 minutes to fill in. Please click here if you would like to provide some feedback.

Please see our patient information leaflets below and also note the resources at the following website Booklets | POGP (thepogp.co.uk)

Common Pelvic Floor Problems

Pelvic Floor Exercises

Bladder Symptoms

Prolapse Symptoms

Pelvic Floor Introduction

Many patients want to find out information for themselves. In order to help you to start to self-manage your symptoms, please have a look at our leaflet and links section below.

It is worth consulting your GP or physiotherapist to find out which of the leaflets is appropriate for you. Women's and Men's Health clinical specialist staff have researched the evidence for exercise programmes and patient information leaflets to benefit our patients. Please read this before participating in exercises without prior health professional advice.

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