Motherhood, Pregnancy and Baby

How to look after your Mental Health with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Suzanne, founder of Anatomy Physiotherapy, is a Clinical Specialist in Pelvic Health

Suzanne, founder of Anatomy Physiotherapy, is a Clinical Specialist in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. She spoke to us about Pelvic Floor Disorder, how it can impact your mental health, and ways to look after your mental health living with PFD.

Living with a pelvic floor disorder, such as incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, is usually considered as a physical problem exclusively. Whilst, in the most part it is, the side-effects that often accompany it can impact on your emotional wellbeing and quality of life too.

There is still a lot of shame and secrecy surrounding pelvic floor issues for women and this stigma can impact how women feel about themselves.

Here are some ways to look after your mental health living with PFD;

See a Womens Health Physiotherapist – Living with undiagnosed & untreated PFD is a sure way to wreak havoc on your mental wellbeing. Take the first step and address the issue with a WHP.

Talk to Other Women About PFD – A lot of the shame associated with PFD is derived from the secrecy! Considering how many of us deal with it (1 in 3) it seems crazy that we don’t openly talk about it more. Talking can provide great relief from the mental aspect.

Educate Yourself About Pelvic Floor Disorders – Similarly, simply learning more about the pelvic floor and the different issues that can arise can help with the stigma you associate to your condition.

Be Kind to Yourself – Ultimately be kind to yourself. Self-care is important. Rest, gentle exercise, eating a healthy diet and taking time to relax can all go a long way to improving overall wellbeing.

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