Incontinence is not a disease and although common is not a normal part of aging. It is a symptom of something else going on in the body. There are many causes of incontinence, including pelvic injuries or surgeries, neurological diseases, infections, diabetes, and changes associated with aging. Incontinence is also common during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Prolapse is very common in women, especially after having children and with aging. when the organs in the pelvis begin to lower it is a sign that their supporting tissues are weak.
- When the uterus and cervix drop down, it is called a uterine prolapse.
- When the bladder bulges against the front wall of the vagina, it is called a cystocele or anterior vaginal wall prolapse.
- When the rectum presses against the back wall of the vagina, it is called a rectocele or posterior vaginal wall prolapse.
There is a lot you can do to improve the symptoms of prolapse and help prevent further dropping or bulging.
Please see your family doctor and/or make an appointment to see a physiotherapist at the Continence Clinic at BC Women's in Vancouver if you:
- leak when you sneeze, cough, laugh, lift, bend over, stand up from sitting, run or jump
- need to empty your bladder many times a day
- often need to hurry to the toilet to empty your bladder
- get up several times in the night to go to the toilet
- wet the bed in your sleep
- wear pads for urine or bowel leakage
- have to change your underwear or clothes because of leaking
- cannot completely empty your bladder when you go to the toilet
- have a feeling of heaviness or bulging in the vagina.