Incontinence is when you accidentally or involuntarily leak urine, faeces or pass wind.
It is very common, 1 in 3 women who have a baby and 1 in 10 women who haven't had a baby, have some form of incontinence. 


Leaky bladder 

Treating bladder problems is one of the most satisfying areas of our work. Women with an overactive or leaking bladder have often been suffering in silence for years and are relieved to discover help is available.

There are two main types of bladder problems for women:

Urgency or Urge incontinence

This is an overactive bladder and causes sudden urges to go to the toilet. One minute you are fine and the next you are “busting” and you may not make it to the toilet in time. 

Urgency responds very well to pelvic floor physiotherapy and bladder retraining. For these, a team approach involves working closely Gynaecologists, Dr Pat Moloney and Dr Kate Stewart and Belinda Matthews, physiotherapist.

Belinda also helps you monitor lifestyles issues impacting on bladder control such as water and caffeine intake and exercise.

Occasionally medication is required. Modern medications for bladder urgency are improving in both their effectiveness and side effects. 

This is bladder leakage triggered by pressure on the abdomen. You might notice this if you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise.

Stress incontinence improves with pelvic floor physiotherapy. Sometimes it also needs surgery. “TVT” or “Sling” surgery involves a small tape implanted under the vaginal skin near the bladder. This tape supports the bladder neck and can stop the leakage. Our gynaecologists use the Gynaecare TVT System which has published data showing long term effectiveness.

Stress incontinence

Next Steps?

I Have a Referral from My Gp

I don't have a referral from a Gp

Book an appointment with a BWC gynaecologist here

You can obtain a referral to Dr Pat Moloney or Dr Kate Stewart from your local GP.

I want to see the physiotherapist

Book an appointment with a BWC Physiotherapist here