Stress urinary incontinence and COPD

3) Pelvic floor exercises

Ladies doing their pelvic floor exercises

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Pelvic floor exercises can be quick and easily fitted into your daily activities.

    To exercise your pelvic floor:

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent.
  • Imagine you are at the toilet and you going to stop yourself passing urine midstream, or stop yourself from passing wind.
  • Do not hold your breath while doing this exercise.
  • You may feel your back passage moving – this is normal.
  • Try 5 quick holds – tightening the muscles and then straight away relaxing them.
  • Hold for 5 seconds, continuing to breathe normally, and then slowly relax. Repeat this 5 times.
  • Do not try and stop the flow while urinating as this may lead to problems passing water.
  • Remember to tighten your pelvic floor immediately before any activity (for example coughing, sneezing or lifting).

For more information please see: Bladder and bowel foundation: Pelvic floor exercises.

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