Talk of pelvic floor muscles may bring to mind images of jade eggs, but while buying expensive rocks to stick up your nethers is a bad idea, maintaining a strong pelvic floor is a great one. Here’s everything you never knew you needed to know about keeping that pelvic floor jacked:
Many women are too embarrassed to seek help for pelvic floor dysfunction, but doctors have solutions.
“The need for pelvic [physical therapy] has kind of exploded in the last year,” said Jeffrey-Thomas, who started posting informative videos about pelvic health on TikTok during the pandemic, many of which have gone viral.
Yet, she and other experts said, awareness and education about pelvic floor issues, which can affect any person regardless of gender, are lacking.
Maybe. Here’s what to know.
There’s, of course, do-it-yourself treatment for urinary incontinence that’s backed by medical data—it’s Kegels: the pelvic floor exercises women are encouraged to do after childbirth. However, data show only 25% of Kegel-enthusiasts do them correctly.
The pelvic floor muscles span the private area under the pelvis. They are responsible not only for helping to control the passage of urine, stool and gas, but also for allowing comfort and pleasure during sex.
These muscles also support the pelvic organs and help with balance and stability. It is important to be able to contract and to relax these muscles. Pelvic floor exercises train the muscles for the desired result, and are sometimes referred to as “targeted” Kegels.
Despite being so important, the pelvic floor remains a mystery to modern medicine – comparable to the brain – both because of its complexity and some good old-fashioned sexism.
Pelvic floor disorders affect many women, and health professionals often recommend exercising the pelvic floor muscles in order to keep them strong to reduce symptoms and prevent disorder.
Strains to the pelvic floor muscle can pose substantial challenges to the individual experiencing issues to this region of the body. There are various devices available to help improve one’s pelvic floor, however which is the best device to train your pelvic floor?
Postnatal care in America is pitiful.
Your pelvic floor plays a key role in so many activities: exercising, having sex, delivering a baby, breathing. Why are so few people talking about it?
Using apps and exercises, women and men can benefit from keeping their pelvic floor muscles healthy.
VoicesforPFD.org is a website and online community developed by AUGS to educate patients and caregivers about pelvic floor disorders, and to create a unique space for women to connect with other patients.
A PFD occurs when the muscles or connective tissues of the pelvic area weaken or are injured. The most common PFDs are urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. PFDs are more common among older women.
The clinical aspects of PFD can be urologic, gynecologic, or colorectal and are often interrelated. Another way to compartmentalize the concerns are anterior- urethra/bladder, middle- vagina/uterus and posterior- anus/rectum.