Like other muscles in your body, the pelvic floor can be strengthened with regular exercise. Building pelvic floor strength enables the muscles to better support your pelvic organs, improves your bladder and bowel control and can stop accidental urine, faeces or wind leakage. It can also reduce your risk of prolapse, improve your recovery from childbirth and gynaecological surgery, and increase your sexual pleasure.
Urinary incontinence is a significant health problem with considerable social and economic impact.
In young women, the prevalence of incontinence is usually low, but prevalence peaks around menopause, with a steady rise there-after into later life.
Moderate and severe bother have a prevalence ranging from about 3% to 17%. Severe incontinence has a low prevalence in young women, but rapidly increases at ages 70 through 80. Although a majority of women have symptoms of stress type, urge incontinence (including lesser degrees of urge incontinence) tends to be considerably more bothersome than similar degrees of stress incontinence.