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National survey highlights sedentary life of British women

A new survey by CoreWellness has highlighted that UK women are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles and storing up problems for later life. It is not just "high profile" problems such as cancer and heart disease either; one in four women is now estimated to suffer with bladder weakness.

According to Robert Freeman, Consultant Gynaecologist and Chairman of the British Society of Urogynaecology, "We are seeing an increasing number of women of all ages who are experiencing problems related to poor pelvic floor strength - bladder weakness, problems with prolapse and bowel control, and the associated sexual problems."

CoreWellness, a Europe-wide campaign, aims to help women get back in control of their bodies. One of the simplest ways to prevent and even cure the problem is with pelvic floor exercises.

The CoreWellness survey found that more than half of all women have never been shown or encouraged to do pelvic floor exercises. The 16-24 age group were the most ignorant of the importance of this core muscle group; but at least one in three older women (55-64) never exercise their pelvic floor. Women who seek advice from doctors are getting variable feedback, many rating it as "worse than satisfactory".

CoreWellness seeks to address this gap in understanding and advice and has worked with world expert, Professor Kari Bo of Oslo University. Kari spent several years researching and developing a unique exercise programme called the Pelvicore Technique, now available to all woman as a free DVD with follow-up advice and support. Outcome studies have shown the technique to cure stress urinary incontinence in up to 70% of women.


Do you routinely educate your female patients about the benefits of pelvic floor exercises? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"I routinely do for ladies who have just given birth. When others consult regarding stress incontinence and so forth then you try to educate about the importance of pelvic floor exercise." - Beryl Anderson, Birmingham

"I don't regularly, but do if the subject comes up." - Helen Ellison, Alton, Hants