Pelvic Health

The Pelvic Health Outpatient Physiotherapy service at Cork University Hospital (CUH) offers specialist assessment and rehabilitation of pelvic floor, bladder ,bowel and sexual dysfunction for both men and women.

We accept referrals from CUH Urology and Colorectal services only for our service.

Conditions commonly assessed and treated include:

Bladder dysfunction in women and men

  • Overactive bladder and voiding dysfunction (difficulty emptying bladder) and urinary incontinence.
  • Urinary frequency, urgency and urge incontinence: The feeling of needing to empty the bladder frequently and/or rush to get to the toilet in time, often accompanied with loss of control of urine.
  • Stress urinary incontinence: Leaking urine during a run, cough, sneeze or laugh.

Bowel dysfunction in women and men

  • Faecal and flatal incontinence (the loss of control of bowels and/or wind);
  • Faecal urgency: The feeling of needing to empty the bowel with little warning.
  • Bowel evacuation disorders such as constipation and difficulty emptying the bowels.


  • Pelvic organ prolapse in women and rectal prolapse in women and men.

Sexual dysfunction in women and men

  • Pain with sexual intercourse and erectile dysfunction

 Chronic pelvic pain

  • Vaginal and/or vulval pain in women, scrotal or testicular pain in men; bladder pain syndrome, chronic pain in the pelvic region and abdomen.

 Prostate cancer

  • Pre and post prostatectomy. 


Physiotherapy Assessment and Treatment

The Physiotherapy service is delivered in CUH and CUMH – please check your appointment letter for details of your appointment.

 Please arrive promptly for your appointments. If you miss an appointment or arrive late to the appointment you will be referred back to your GP/consultant.

 At your first appointment the physiotherapist will have a detailed discussion with you regarding your symptoms. If they feel it is necessary and appropriate they may request to do an internal examination, but only with your consent. Following the discussion and assessment they will discuss and agree a treatment plan with you. Allow up to 45 minutes for this appointment. 

 Some of the treatments we commonly provide:

  • Pelvic floor muscle retraining
  • Biofeedback for the pelvic floor
  • Neuromuscular electrical muscle stimulation.
  • Bladder and bowel retraining
  • Pessary advice
  • Manual therapy & Soft tissue massage.
  • Individualised exercise programmes and lifestyle advice
  • Core strengthening exercises and postural advice for musculoskeletal conditions
  • Bladder advice class
  • Acupuncture & dry needling.
  • Transcutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (TTNS)

 Your therapist will decide with you which treatment is most suitable for you


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