Award winning actress Helena Bonham Carter has revealed that she wore nappies on the set of the Harry Potter films as her pelvic floor wasn’t strong enough to keep her leaky bladder in check.
This news will greatly cheer the millions of women for whom incontinence pads have become a key part of their everyday life. It also gives hope to the 15,000 new mums that every week seek help and advice from the NHS, mainly in vain, regarding their pelvic floors after childbirth
The NHS treatment for women who suffer from pelvis floor weakness is painfully inadequate and any story that highlights one of the most taboo of medical matters is welcomed with open arms.
.In a recent survey of GP practices 62% of women seeking help and advice for pelvic floor problems were just sent home with a leaflet that lacks any evidence of clinical effectiveness and does not even follow NICE guidelines. Specialists in the field have long recognized the weaknesses of this indifferent approach.
Clinical estimates suggest that a third of women cannot identify their pelvic floor and how to squeeze it in the first place, so giving them just an instruction sheet is of no real benefit and leads to frustration and despair.
Fewer than half (47.8%) of practices could correctly identify the current NICE Guidelines that recommend that women be individually assessed, trained and supervised by a specialist in a three month programme of Pelvic Floor Exercise (PFEs). Only 20% actually refer patients to physiotherapy or a continence nurse for such treatment.
Fewer than 2% of practices are prescribing the PelvicToner device that offers the greatest hope of a rapid improvement of pelvic floor muscle tone, and is clinically proven to be as effective as supervised PFEs but at a tenth of the cost.
The consequence is that tens of thousands of women each month are not getting appropriate advice and the NHS is wasting tens of thousands of pounds of scarce resources.
In terms of effectiveness, the ‘Exercise your pelvic floor’ leaflet is in the same league as those other great NHS attempts to get the populace to take the healthy option – the ‘Please Stop Smoking’ and ‘Please lose eat less’ leaflets.
Any women with stress incontinence or symptoms associated with pelvic floor muscle weakness should expect their GP to prescribe a PelvicToner™ exercise device. New mothers will receive their PelvicToner free of charge on presentation of a valid Maternity Exemption Certificate so there is no financial excuse for ignoring the potential problem.
For those women too embarrassed to discuss the matter with their GP, the PelvicToner costs just GBP31.99 (including p&p) and can be purchased from www.pelvictoner.co.uk, 0117 974 3534 and all good pharmacies.