Lancashire and South Cumbria perinatal pelvic health service

The NHS Long Term Plan committed to improve access to pelvic health physiotherapy and other specialists for all women and pregnant people with pelvic health conditions during their pregnancy and the year following after giving birth and that all women and pregnant people have access to multidisciplinary pelvic health services and pathways across England. 

Our Lancashire and South Cumbria (LSC) Perinatal Pelvic Health Services (PPHS) has been developed collaboratively to increase current services and improve the prevention, identification, and treatment of pelvic health conditions during pregnancy and following birth, and ultimately reduce the number of people living with pelvic health conditions postnatally and in later life.

Research shows that one in three women experience urinary incontinence in the first year after having a baby and up to three quarters of these women continue to experience this in the following 12 years after giving birth.

A further one in 10 women experience faecal incontinence and another one in 12 will have a pelvic organ prolapse.

Although a lot of the pelvic health issues experienced by people are common, they are treatable.

Pelvic health conditions include: ​

  • Bladder and bowel problems​
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction​
  • Perineal trauma
  • Pelvic organ prolapse​
  • Painful sex/pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy-related pelvic musculo-skeletal problems:​
  • Separation of abdominal muscles (diastasis)
  • Pelvic girdle pain​
  • Back pain​
  • And other pregnancy related musculo-skeletal problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome

Our LSC PPHS has increased resources available for ante and postnatal women/birthing people across Lancashire and South Cumbria, including digital and written information and made it easier for to access services like specialist perineal clinics and specialist pelvic/women’s health physiotherapy clinics. Specialists such as physiotherapists, midwives, and doctors and can provide advice and treatment for pelvic health conditions.

The service will be accessible throughout women’s and pregnant people’s maternity care and in the year following giving birth. There is also the option to self-refer.

The LSC PPHS includes:

  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

For help, advice and information on how to self-refer please follow the links below to your local Trust

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