The first Private Pelvic Health Clinic in Northern Ireland has recently opened at the Maypole Clinic, Holywood. Patients now have rapid access to a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals with experience in treating pelvic floor problems as well as a full range of treatment options, including non-surgical state of the art treatments not available in the NHS
The Pelvic Health Clinic offers a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, and the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Women’s Health Physiotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of all disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor. From incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain, back pain or constipation, there is growing evidence that physiotherapy can alleviate, and in many cases cure these symptoms.
Start with an Initial consultation and assessment.
£80 – Initial 45 minutes
£70 – Follow up
It will check your posture, breathing, tummy gap and pelvic floor strength.
Most women after having had a baby, have a weakness in either the tummy or pelvic floor, which then creates instability and poor core strength. The result causes back pain, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel weakness.
To avoid any long term childbirth related complaints come early and get your tummy gap and pelvic floor tested – then start an optimal postnatal recovery programme.
Geneveve & ThermiVa Mummy MOT
Geneveve & ThermiVa are non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments to tighten the vagina and increase sensation and sexual satisfaction. They can also help with urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness and can tighten labial tissue to reduce sagging.
The treatments use clinically-proven radiofrequency to uniformly deliver gentle heating to delicate surface tissue. This unique technology stimulates the body’s natural collagen formation process. The treatments are comfortable 30 minute sessions performed by a trained healthcare professional in an outpatient setting.
Complimentary consultation with a Consultant Gynaecologist to assess suitability for radio-frequency treatment.
£2,295 course of ThermiVa or Geneveve
A new non-invasive training method for your pelvic floor is the Pelvipower training chair that treats you with electromagnetic field therapy to strengthen the musculature. You sit on the chair in your normal clothing, for 15 minutes per session (a minimum of 4-8 sessions are recommended, depending on the programme) with a specialist nurse, physiotherapist or therapist. It is an effective treatment and is confirmed by scientific studies to improve symptoms of stress incontinence.
You will notice improvement in your muscles from the first session.
Retraining known as Biofeedback is used to improve bowel and bladder habits. This non-invasive treatment involves retraining muscles to relax, or the strengthening of muscle tone in the back passage and pelvic floor, depending on the patients’ symptoms.
PelviPower Training/Biofeedback Chair – £670 includes an Initial consultation and assessment (45min) followed by four treatments and a review appointment (30min).
£200 for an initial consultation, assessment and one PelviPower Training/ Biofeedback Chair Treatment.
Pelvic Health problems in men include:
Initial consultation £160, review consultation £150
Psychological issues frequently accompany or cause sexual difficulties for both men and women. Psychodynamic intervention is effective in uncovering and managing such problems. Our Psychosexual Therapist Mr Ian Walsh (Urologist and Clinical Academic) is aligned with the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine as both Council Member and Journal Editor.
Initial consultation and formulation £150-£200; Review consultations £100-£150
Learn about your pelvic floor muscles and why they are one of the most important parts of your body
You might have popped out to the gym today, but when was the last time you thought about giving your pelvic floor muscles a workout?
Come to think of it, do you even know what your pelvic floor muscles are, or where you’d find them even if you wanted to exercise them?
Many people don’t realise a healthy pelvic floor is important for your sex life as well as bladder and bowel control. Pelvic floor problems are very common, but unfortunately many women ‘suffer in silence’ as they are unaware their problems can be cured…
“The pelvic floor is a layer of strong muscles and ligaments that stretches across the base of your pelvis like a trampoline to support your bladder, bowel and womb” explains Dr Patrick Campbell, Consultant Urogynaecologist at the Cosmetech Clinic. “Imagine this trampoline has three openings in the centre… through these openings pass the urethra, vagina and bowel. The muscles around these openings relax when you go to the toilet and contract to prevent leaking. Pelvic floor weakness can therefore affect the bladder, bowel and vagina.”
These are some common symptoms…
Pelvic floor problems are very common. Almost 1 in 3 women will experience urinary leakage, and 1 in 5 women will have an operation for incontinence or prolapse during their lifetime.
Who Is At Risk?
“Many women experience pelvic floor weakness after childbirth, even if they haven’t had a complicated birth,” says Dr Campbell. “Others may experience problems after the menopause. High impact exercise, constipation, cough and obesity put extra pressure on your pelvic floor too.”
Keeping your pelvic floor muscles in tip-top condition isn’t always easy. “Like any other muscle, your pelvic floor can be strengthened through exercise,” explains Dr Campbell. “To get best results you should perform pelvic floor exercises under supervision of a specially trained physiotherapist or nurse, and stick to the regime for at least 3 months.”
“The first indication there might be a problem comes when women leak urine while exercising, laughing, coughing or sneezing”
Unfortunately, it’s quite easy to do pelvic floor exercises incorrectly. One piece of research suggests that, after being told how to do the exercises, only half of women managed to contract their pelvic floor muscles correctly. A quarter were doing nothing at all and a quarter were actually straining downwards, which can make problems worse.
What New Treatments Are Available?
The PelviPower Training Chair is an innovative new treatment for pelvic floor weakness. You sit on the chair in your normal clothing and electromagnetic field therapy contracts your pelvic floor muscles. Strengthening the muscles with 200 perfect contractions per session, the PelviPower Training Chair does the exercises for you. Treatment sessions are supervised by a specialist physiotherapist and last 15 minutes (a minimum of 4 -8 sessions are recommended).
“A scientific study published in the Journal of Urology last year confirmed this new technology can significantly improve symptoms of stress incontinence” explains Dr Campbell. “Around 75% of women responded to the treatment compared with 21% in the placebo (dummy treatment) group. Long-term outcomes have yet to be reported but these early results are very encouraging.”
What About Vaginal Rejuvenation?
“Vaginal tissues, just like skin, change over time. Childbirth and aging are two of the most common reasons why collagen fibres in the vagina loose their support. For some women this can result in a feeling of vaginal laxity (looseness)” explains Dr Campbell. “This can lead to diminished sensation during intimacy and is associated with stress incontinence.”
Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments (Geneveve and ThermiVa) deliver radio-frequency energy to the vaginal tissues to stimulate production of natural collagen and elastin. “Clinical studies have shown these treatments can significantly improve vaginal laxity, sexual function and stress incontinence” explains Dr Campbell. “Other benefits can include improved vaginal lubrication and tightening of the labial tissue to reduce sagging and improve cosmetic appearance of the vulva.” Treatments are comfortable and require no anaesthetic or recovery time.
Finance option available.
The Pelvic Health Clinic at the Maypole Clinic, Holywood provides rapid access to a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals with a comprehensive range of treatment options.
For further information or to book a consultation email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 028 9042 3200.
A complimentary consultation is available to Tatler readers interested in Geneveve or ThermiVa vaginal rejuvenation.
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