Women's Health


Although often seen as something embarrassing, as many as one in three women experience some kind of women’s health problem during their lifetime, unaware that physiotherapy may help.  Do not suffer in silence.


At St Judes we are passionate about helping women resolve these problems and significantly improve their quality of life.

Women's Health

Common women's health issues include pelvic floor problems following pregnancy, urinary frequency/urgency or leaking urine whilst coughing or sneezing.  There are various treatment options available, ranging from simple lifestyle changes to exercises and electrotherapy.

Do I have a problem?

Ask yourself:
• Do you go to the toilet 6-8 times a day?
• Do you have dry knickers all the time?
• Do you sleep through the night or perhaps just get up once to go to the toilet?
• Do you feel like you empty your bladder fully and easily?
• Do you pass about a cup and a half of fluid at a time?
• Do you find passing water painless and comfortable?

If you’ve answered no to any of these questions, then you may benefit from a women’s health assessment.

Why St Judes?

We understand how distressing talking about these issues is.  The women’s health service at St Judes is confidential and respects the sensitive nature of these problems.  Our specialist women’s health physiotherapist, Moira D’Arcy (see profile page), has many years’ experience and possesses the specialist skills and training that this area of expertise requires.  Moira is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, registered with the Health Care & Professions Council and a member of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) - (Formerly ACPWH)

Was does it involve?

Treatments are tailored to help reduce any pain or embarrassment you may be experiencing, whilst restoring and improving your body back to its healthy state. Women’s health physiotherapy involves a wide range of treatments and advice on bladder and bowel habits, diet, fluid intake, exercise and lifestyle.

During your assessment you will be asked questions about your condition and how it affects you on a daily basis.  Following that we will discuss a treatment plan which is likely to include a home exercise programme.  Research shows us that to get the most from physiotherapy, the more effort you put in, the quicker the results are achieved.  You are welcome to bring someone with you to any appointments.  

How will it help me?

There are various ways our women’s health service can help:

• Allows you the freedom to go about your daily life without having to worry about your bladder problems
• Restores confidence and self esteem
• Helps you regain a good sleeping pattern
• Allows you to exercise with confidence
• Combined with other exercises it can help prevent or ease back pain

Conditions treated:

• Pregnancy-related musculoskeletal problems such as:

  • Back pain
  • Pelvic girdle pain (previously known as symphysis pubis dysfunction or SPD) 
  • Rectus diastasis (when the tummy muscles separate)

• Gynaecological problems including:

  • Bladder, bowel or uterine prolapse (where the organ bulges into the vaginal walls)

• Urinary problems such as:

  • Frequency
  • Urgency
  • Urge incontinence
  • Overactive bladder (sudden urge to pass urine, possibly leaking on the way to the toilet)
  • Stress incontinence caused by coughing, sneezing and lifting etc

• Rehab after gynaecological surgery, eg hysterectomy

We are here to help you live a normal active life, please just ask for more advice - we are knowledgeable, friendly and discreet.

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