Transperineal ultrasound assessment- A visual tool to help train your pelvic floor
Transperineal ultrasound provides a picture of your pelvic floor muscles as they are actually working. The Ultrasound can be done across the lower tummy or from the perineum (the area in men and women between bladder exit and back passage). Pelvic floor Physiotherapists are trained to image the pelvic floor via the perineum. This approach gives you detailed information about your muscle function.
NOTE, IT HAS BEEN SHOWN THAT 60% OF PEOPLE WHO JUST READ INFORMATION FROM A LEAFLET ABOUT HOW TO CONTRACT THEIR PELVIC FLOOR WILL GET IT WRONG. So, ultrasound feedback is a fantastic, non-invasive tool to help you get it right.
There is a lot of focus in life about how men and women need to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles to help with bladder and bowel control. But pelvic floor muscles also need to be able to relax properly.
We see many people for help with pelvic pain problems. Many of these people will need to relax their pelvic floor before they can strengthen. We call this condition where muscles are too tight “overactive pelvic floor”. Overactive pelvic floor can lead to pain around the vaginal, clitoral area or back passage in women, or testicles, penis and back passage in men. Pain may also be felt in the broader abdominal/tummy areas and pelvis. 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