The Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre (BMWHRC) in partnership with the Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre (LINC) and with financial assistance from the Continence Foundation is auspicing a free information session on continence for women at LINC at 1 Padley Street Lithgow on Friday 27th February 9.30 am – 12.30 pm. Morning tea will be provided.
Continence is a major issue for women although it isn’t one that is often spoken about. Many women inadvertently wet themselves. Some may have faecal incontinence. Incontinence may be caused by many reasons including the effects of childbirth, menopause, some illnesses, weight gain, some medications and heavy lifting. It can affect all women and the end result is often embarrassment and for some, restriction of activities and social isolation.
The session aims to give women information about the various strategies open to them. This will include healthy bladder and bowel habits, pelvic floor exercises and surgical options. There will be time for questions and answers.
Speakers include Anne Sargent, continence clinical nurse consultant, Carol Stevens, a local physiotherapist and Dr Rhonda Barringham, a doctor at the BMWHRC.
“The BMWHRC has in the past, organized a number of information sessions on various women’s health topics including continence. We have found that women appreciate getting good up to date information in a relaxed and informal setting where they can ask questions and be with women who are experiencing similar things. The good news about this topic, is that there are many ways to improve and eliminate incontinence,” said Rhonda.
Kim Scanlon from LINC added “We are delighted to be able to offer this session for the first time in the Lithgow area. We are also providing free child care so that all women are able to attend.”
Bookings are essential. Contact the Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre on 4782 5133.