Transperineal ultrasound assessment- A visual tool to help train your pelvic floor!
Transperineal ultrasound provides a visual image of your pelvic floor working in a real time. Note that ultrasound can be done across the lower abdomen or from the perineum. Pelvic floor Phyisotherapists are trained to image the pelvic floor via the perineum. As Physiotherapists, we use an ultrasound to assess your pelvic floor muscle function. Transperineal ultrasound has been shown to be an effective tool in measuring pelvic floor muscle function.
Many people who need to train their pelvic floor often find it difficult to activate correctly. Lots of people do not know what the correct contractions feel like. So, with transperineal ultrasound, you can see your pelvic floor working when you are contracting it right! With this visual feedback, many people will find it easier to train their pelvic floor. This results in them achieving their rehab goals more quickly.
NOTE, 60 PERCENT OF PEOPLE WHO READ HOW TO CONTRACT THEIR PELVIC FLOOR WILL GET IT WRONG. This has been proven in several studies. So, ultrasound feedback is a fantastic, non-invasive tool to help you get it right.
We all need pelvic floor to be strong to control bladder and bowel. BUT, your pelvic floor muscles also need to be able to relax to empty your bladder and bowel easily. Pelvic floor muscles need to be able to relax and contract well, for sexual activity to be comfortable. For many reasons, some people have pelvic floor muscles that do not relax easily. We call this “overactive pelvic floor”. When this happens, it can lead to pain around the vaginal or clitoral area in women, or testicles and penis in men. Pain may also be felt in the broader abdominal and pelvic areas. It may also be difficult to empty the bladder or bowel. Transperineal ultrasound can also assist us in treating these conditions.
In summary, Transperineal ultrasound is suitable for:
• Before and after prostatectomy
• Pelvic pain: some people may not be able to tolerate an internal examination.
• Difficulty with emptying your bladder or bowel
• People who do not want an internal examination