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NICE has called for a consultation after publishing its draft guidelines on the prevention and non-surgical management of pelvic floor dysfunction.

According to NICE, its guidelines cover the prevention, assessment and non-surgical management of pelvic floor dysfunction in women aged 12 and over. The guidelines recommend that women of all ages should be encouraged to do pelvic floor exercises to prevent pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms.

The NICE guidelines also state that women should be offered a three-month programme of supervised pelvic floor muscle training to help prevent pelvic floor dysfunction, particularly in cases where the mother or sister has previously shown symptoms.

These programmes should be supervised by a qualified physiotherapist or healthcare professional who is trained to tailor the exercises to the individual woman.

ICE added that they believe up to 140,000 women could benefit from the preventative treatment every year.

Commenting on the guidelines, Prof Gillian Leng, chief executive of NICE, said: "This draft guideline aims to raise awareness of non-surgical management options so that women are better informed about effective options to address pelvic floor dysfunction."

"We are keen to hear views from stakeholders and the wider community on these draft recommendations and would encourage as many organisations and people as possible to contribute to the consultation."

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