Pelvic weakness is most commonly caused by the stress of childbirth and oestrogen loss prior to and during menopause. Recent studies have identified almost half of young women, without children are also at risk due to prolonged or excessive exercise, infection and obesity, however the most unavoidable cause is natural atrophy (muscle deterioration) which occurs as a result of ageing.
Pelvic weakness can manifest itself in several ways, any and all of which contribute to a pretty miserable time for any woman suffering the symptoms.
♦ STRESS INCONTINENCE is by far the most prevalent form of urinary incontinence and presents as mild to moderate urine leakage. It commonly occurs during coughing, sneezing, laughing, or physical activity, when temporary or sudden stress increases bladder pressure.
♦ URGE INCONTINENCE is a sudden and involuntary need to urinate. It affects around 30% of sufferers and is probably the most difficult to manage as the urge is uncontrollable often resulting in ‘accidents’
♦ FREQUENT INCONTINENCE is diagnosed in people who have to empty their bladder more than 6 times per day.
♦ MIXED INCONTINENCE is a combination of any of the above symptoms
♦ STOOL INCONTINENCE is an impaired ability to control bowel function
♦ GENITAL PROLAPSE (collapse of the pelvic or reproductive organs) usually happens only in extreme cases, nevertheless it can be distressing, painful and require surgical intervention.
♦ LOW LIBIDO, decreased sexual arousal, lubrication & sensation along with poor vaginal grip during intercourse.
♦If you suffer from any of the above or related symptoms, take steps to regain and maintain control of this sensitive issue now, before these problems become a regular feature in your daily life!
The pelvic floor muscle (Pubococcygeal) is a large group of muscles suspended across the pelvis like a hammock.
It supports your reproductive organs & entire abdominal content, including the bladder and bowels, and plays a major role in the correct functioning of the bladder and rectum, controls vaginal secretions as well as sustaining your feminine wellbeing.
Most people are unaware of its existence or importance. If it is damaged, stretched, stressed or weakened it doesn’t work effectively.
Only when you suffer diminished bladder or bowel control (e.g. accidental leaks or sudden / frequent urges), does it become a problem and the pelvic floor comes into focus.
Regular stimulation is essential:
Not only does exercising your pelvic floor restore bladder control, it also improves responsiveness during intercourse & increases blood flow, which encourages healthy cell renewal, reducing the risk of infection.
If you maintain activity you can expect to avoid further deterioration, prevent the return of previous problems, and in some cases avoid surgery.