What to expect in my 1st pelvic floor visit?
Are you peeing when you laugh, sneeze, jump or run?
This is more common after carrying a baby for 9 months and delivering your baby.
And yes a pelvic floor physiotherapist can help!
But what I am to expect in my first pelvic floor examination?
First, we recommend to wait 6 week postpartum, after seeing your doctor.
At your first appointment, your pelvic floor physiotherapist will talk about what is happening with your body, give a short anatomy lesson on the pelvic floor muscle; the muscle that supports your organs that assist in urinary and fecal continence, sex and core stability. Then your pelvic floor physiotherapist will do an external and an internal exam.
For the internal exam, you will be asked to undress from the waist down, draped with a bed sheet. It will resemble a gynecological exam but there are no instruments used, just gloves and lubrication gel. Your pelvic floor physiotherapist will use one finger to feel for the tone of the muscles that wrap around the vaginal canal, assess the vaginal area and she will ask the patient to cough, hold their pee, hold their gas and do a Kegel.
From this information, you and your pelvic floor physiotherapist will work on goals to achieve a stronger pelvic floor muscle that will included stretches and pelvic floor rehab exercises.