Monday 18th June – 24th June is World Continence Week! This is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness, and ensure our community understands the prevalence of incontinence in our society and the treatment options available to them. Our own pelvic floor physiotherapist Eleanor Donoghue has designed a short questionnaire* to help you decide whether you should book in for an assessment.
Healthy bladder & bowel questionnaire
|Do you need to rush to get to the toilet on time?||YES||NO|
|Do you leak when you cough, sneeze, laugh and/or exercise?||YES||NO|
|Do you limit your fluid intake during the day so that you don’t go to the toilet as often?||YES||NO|
|Have you noticed an increase in the number of times you need to empty your bladder?||YES||NO|
|Can you delay the urge to empty your bladder?||YES||NO|
|Do you pass wind without being able to control it?||YES||NO|
|Do you need to wipe lots to clean after emptying your bowels?||YES||NO|
|Are your underpants stained from stool despite having gone to the toilet?||YES||NO|
|Do you strain when you are on the toilet?||YES||NO|
|Have you ever suffered from constipation?||YES||NO|
*Questions based on those included in “The Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire” developed by Baessler, O’Neill, Maher & Battistutta and published in 2010.