The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Urinary Incontinence

Many women of all age groups will experience bladder leakage at some stage in their life. Bladder leakage is a very common problem that is thought to affect up to nine million women in the UK. This is NOT normal after having a baby and is NOT a normal part of aging.
The pelvic floor muscles can become weak for many reasons. There are a range of symptoms which women will experience due to this, which can impact on quality of life.

Types of bladder leakage (Urinary Incontinence):

  • Stress Urinary Incontinence - leakage of your bladder when you cough, laugh, sneeze or with physical activities like running or jumping 
  • Urge Urinary Incontinence - leakage of your bladder when rushing to the toilet
  • Mixed Urinary Incontinence - both stress and urge incontinence symptoms

New best practice guidelines for the management Urinary Incontinence (NICE, 2019) advise that women are provided with at least 12-16 weeks of supervised pelvic floor muscle training as a first line treatment for urinary incontinence.

We provide highly specialist pelvic floor assessments to allow the best treatment to help improve your symptoms.

For information on how to do pelvic floor exercises visit our leaflets.