If you have concerns about your health, it is important to visit your doctor or GP. For more information on how to be seen by National Women's, take a look at our page on getting a referral.
A strong pelvic floor is important for bladder and bowel control, as well as sexual function.
Symptoms of a pelvic floor issues include:
For a range of information leaflets in multiple languages about pelvic floor concerns and procedures, pleasevisit the IUGA Your Pelvic Floor website.
Many women think that heavy periods are a normal fact of life - 'My mum suffered it and I am suffering it?' - so it is seen as a normal part of womanhood.
Heavy periods are very common in women, and usually are not a sign of anything serious, but they can cause a big disruption to your life. Heavy periods can cause tiredness from low iron in the blood, or less commonly, anaemia (low red blood cells).
Symptoms: Heavy bleeding is hard to define, but if you have to change tampons or pads many times a day, avoid going out for fear of an 'accident' (flooding), have large clots, or have to get up in the night to change pads, then you almost certainly have heavy bleeding. It is more common in women who have just started their periods or are coming up to menopause.
Please speak to your GP/doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. The cause can often be identified through tests and screening.
For more information, read our heavy bleeding pamphlet.
There are many potential causes of pelvic pain. If you are concerned, make an appointment with your doctor or GP.
Endometriosis occurs when tissue that usually lines the uterus is found in other parts of the body.
Symptoms: Common symptoms include painful periods, painful intercourse, lower abdominal and/or back pain or pain passing bowel movements. Women may also experience heavy bleeding and constant fatigue (tiredness).
Treatment: Surgery to remove lesions or adhesions, or in extreme cases removal of the entire uterus.
Menopause is the time when monthly periods end completely. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55.
Symptoms: Vary hugely in severity. Some women experience very little comfort, others may find themselves having hot flushes, depression, sleep problems and vaginal dryness.
Fibroids are benign tumours that grow in the muscle wall of the uterus. They are very common and detectable in about 30% of women over the age of 30.
Symptoms: Depend on the number, size and location. Fibroids can cause heavy, long periods; pelvic pain; bladder and bowel pressure; infertility problems.