There are several different bladder and/ or bowel complications which can affect women following birth.
Pelvic Floor complications can arise as a result of pregnancy or an instrumental delivery. Damaged or weakened pelvic floor muscles which can cause constipation, straining, leaking and a frequent need to use the toilet.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is used to describe a weak bladder, this can be caused by damage to the pelvic floor or the sphincter.
Bowel problems can include obstruction, faecal urgency and an inability to control flatulence.
Post-natal physiotherapy is often offered as an initial treatment option for these complications and in some serious cases surgery might be recommended.