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Perineal Exercises Prevent Post-Natal Incontinence

Monday, 17 November 2008 19:36
Advice and training in pelvic floor exercises and bladder control can reduce the incidence of persistent urinary incontinence after childbirth. Postnatal urinary incontinence affects around 30% of women and, without treatment, can persist for at least a year in two thirds of them. In a large randomised controlled trial of conservative management provided by nurses Glazener and colleagues it was found that the risk of both urinary and faecal incontinence was reduced at 12 months after delivery.

Glazener CM, Herbison GP, Wilson PD   Conservative management of persistent postnatal urinary and faecal incontinence: randomised controlled trial   Brit Med Jou 2001 (Sep 15);   323 (7313):   593-596