Frequently Asked Questions
When should I see a pelvic health physiotherapist?
I like to say that it is never too early or too late to see a pelvic health physiotherapist. I have seen women throughout the life span, from pre-conception to post-menopausal. However, there are some recommended times when it comes to certain populations:
PREGNANCY - If you aren’t experiencing any issues related to the pregnancy or your pelvic floor (i.e. back or hip pain, or leaking urine) then the most optimal time to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist is around 20 weeks. Typically, you would check in once in the second trimester, and then once again closer to delivery.
POST-PARTUM – It is optimal to first check in around 5-6 weeks postpartum. This way we can address any issues from your delivery, and get you on the right track with exercises targeting your core and pelvic floor. We can also talk about returning to intimacy if this is something you are concerned about!
SURGICAL – I prefer to see women pre-operatively so that we can get a baseline of your pelvic floor before surgery, as well as set you up for success post-operatively with exercises you can be doing leading up to and after surgery.
Do you need a referral to see a pelvic health physiotherapist?
No, you do not need a referral from your doctor to come see a pelvic health physiotherapist. Sometimes, certain extended health care benefits may require a prescription from your doctor for submission.
Is pelvic health physiotherapy covered under general physiotherapy benefits?
Absolutely! Hilary is a physiotherapist registered with the Alberta College of Physiotherapists, so all of her services fall under the category of physiotherapy.
Do I need to re-schedule my appointment if I am menstruating?
No you do not! There is no reason to need to change your appointment if you get your period. This is 100% your comfort level, however, we can still do our full assessment.
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