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  • Australian babies are getting bigger and contributing to potential pelvic floor damage.

Dr Ruth Hadfield, who conducted the study with her University of Sydney colleagues, said heavier babies had increased health risks, contrary to the popular notion that big babies were healthy babies. 

“For example, there is evidence of a relationship between high birth weight and the increased future risk of asthma, type one diabetes and a number of cancers, including infant and childhood leukaemia, and breast, prostate and colon cancer,” said Dr Hadfield, who is postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney at Royal North Shore Hospital. 

“As well as the potential for lifelong health consequences, higher birth weights may also result in injury to the infant and the mother at the time of delivery.” 


 Drugs to control urge incontinence not popular with women

 Investigators have found high discontinuation rates of anticholinergic therapy for lower urinary tract symptoms among women. They advise that health care providers “must be vigilant” regarding alternative forms of treatment, such as bladder training and pelvic floor rehabilitation, for overactive bladder “.


Weight loss reduces incontinence in women. 

Mid life and pregnancy are a time of significant weight gains for some women, often with accompanying bladder leaking and strong urgency. A new clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that losing weight may help relieve incontinence.


  • Fibroids are common in women and a possible cause of incontinence.

Uterine fibroids occur in about 40 percent of women, and in as many as 50 percent of African-American women. The cause of fibroid tumors is still unknown, but experts believe that oestrogen stimulates their growth. Fibroids grow larger in pregnant women and in those taking birth control pills, and they tend to shrink after menopause, although they may continue to grow in women who receive hormone replacement therapy. This article by Sawf News describes how a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure, called Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), starves uterine fibroids by depriving them of their blood supply.


Information supplied by Mary O’Dwyer, Australia’s womens health physiotherapist. www.holditsister.com

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Comments on: "A good reason to look after your pelvic floor" (3)

  1. I am impressed with the effort you have so obviously put into this content. I am also impressed with your point of view on this topic, especially since you have made your points so clear.

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