What difference has Covid-19 brought to the clinics and how will this affect me?
It’s an unforeseen time but currently face to face appointments are allowed if deemed appropriate. In both clinics there is no waiting area so I do ask you attend on your appointment time, no earlier or later. Normal refreshments aren’t available so bring along a bottle of water. We ask everyone attending both clinics use hand gel provided and wear a mask. You will be sent out a Covid questionnaire that needs filled in before attending the appointment. Social distancing is in place apart from any assessment that is needed for your appointment.
What does a pelvic floor appointment involve?
A pelvic floor appointment involves an internal assessment of the pelvic floor muscles supporting the vaginal walls. The assessment should never be painful and always conducted by a specialist trained physiotherapist. The reasoning behind this type of assessment will be discussed and explained before moving forward and consent is given, the assessment can be stopped at any time. There is no speculam used in this examination.
Do I need to have an internal assessment?
Absolutely not, there is so much more to pelvic health physiotherapy than pelvic floor internal assessments. Visuals can also be done instead of internal assessments and your pelvic health should never come down to you being comfortable or not comfortable enough for a vaginal assessment.
What should I wear?
I advise something comfortable, leggings and a t-shirt for example.
My period has started, should I cancel my appointment?
No you don’t need to cancel, working in female pelvic health I’m a strong advocate that your menstrual cycle should not interrupt or change your routine. However I do understand that menstrual cycles can cause discomfort and everyone’s cycle is different so if it would suit you to cancel and rearrange that is absolutely fine.
Can I bring my baby to my appointment?
Yes you absolutely can. Although please see clinics for run through of accessibility. I would also recommend that for your first appointment it may be better for you if someone was to take baby however I understand this may not be possible or you are not ready to do this yet and that is absolutely fine. If you feel the post natal check up would be too long for your baby then you can book pelvic floor appointment and abdominal check up separately.
Is there parking at the clinic?
Please see the clinic locations by clicking here. More information on parking at each clinic is available here.
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