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Who's at risk?

Some people are more at risk of developing pelvic floor problems than others.  These include:

Additional risk factors that can increase a person's risk of developing pelvic floor problems include:

  • a history of back pain
  • previous trauma to the pelvic region such as a fall or pelvic radiotherapy
  • ongoing constipation (i.e. regularly straining to empty your bowels)
  • a chronic cough or sneeze (e.g. due to asthma, smoking or hayfever)
  • being overweight, or having a body mass index above 25, and
  • heavy lifting on a regular basis - either at work or at the gym.

If you experience pelvic floor (or bladder or bowel control) problems it is advisable to see a continence professional to determine the cause of your symptoms and discuss the best treatment and management options to suit your needs.