Pregnancy and Incontinence
Some womens' experience with pregnancy can result in incontinence.
Contributory factors include forceps delivery, more than one vaginal delivery, a baby larger than 4 kilograms, a long labour or tears in or around the vagina.
Having multiple births or even normal vaginal births are the main contributor why most women around the world suffer female incontinence in later life.
In fact 70-80% of all cases of incontinence are directly attributable to pregnancy and women.
It is not so much the process of child birth but the post and pre natal condition of the pelvic floor that correlates pregnancy with incontinence.
If mothers' attended to pelvic floor exercising pre- pregnancy and post pregnancy the numbers of latent incontinence cases in those women a few years later would plummet.
In Korea all pre-and post natal women are required to undergo pelvic floor exercises to minimise the recovery and damage child birth exerts on the pelvic muscles because research tells the State in 10 or 15 years time those women will be the next generation of incontinence sufferers and the cost to themselves and the state is disproportionate.
Of course young women may initially recover from child birth but it's the patients who wait until their children are teenagers before doing something about it.
Why? because it is more preferential to deal with post pregnancy incontinence and seemingly recover short term only to find years later at the onset of menopause when pelvic muscle tone becomes flaccid and slack and hormones are not what they were that female urinary and bowel incontinence returns to stay .
Hence many bladder and bowel incontinece problems that do not become obvious until middle age can be traced back to child-bearing years.
As we get older all the muscles in our body atrophy(become less) therefore we have to do the same amount we have been use to with less muscle in our body.
If those muscles are poorly exercised before the onset of incontinence and/or after pregnancy when women are getting older then the pelvic muscles will be unable to control bowel and bladder as a consequence.
It is important for all women for that matter to appreciate the value of recovering their pelvic strength after childsbirth each and every time they have a child.
Imagine if the muscles in one of your arms was never exercised for 10-15 years then you were ask to lift a bucket of water with that arm could you do it?
Well thats the same thing with your pelvic floor muscles but you are expecting they will do it every day of your life not just once.
Having stronger muscles in this area of your body is not only healthier, but improves blood supply to that muscle tissue, avoids further complications such as surgery later on , its a win win situation.
More importantly incontinence can mess with your sex life and cause this to become flat and uninteresting for both partners
Now if you are reading this and realising what has happened when you had those kids of yours 15-20 years ago ,you are now paying for theres still a good chance to recover its never too late to repair your incontinence.
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