Pelvic floor exercises train a group of muscles that often stay neglected – the ones that surround the underside of your bladder and rectum. Most people don’t even know of their existence, but they’re vital for your health.
Here are the top three reasons why every woman should start doing her pelvic floor exercises:
#1: Preparation For And Recovery From Childbirth
The pelvic floor muscles become weakened after childbirth and could lead to a health condition, known as stress incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when the urine leaks if there is a sudden pressure on the bladder. This can happen while you’re laughing or coughing.
If you’re planning on a new addition to your family, starting pelvic floor exercises earlier is also important. As it will lower your chances of developing stress incontinence or other common problems associated with childbirth. Start doing your pelvic floor exercises to avoid having to deal with this problem later in life!
#2: Heighten Your Sex Life
Your pelvic floor is tightly connected to your vaginal muscles. If the quality of your sex life has decreased lately, this might be due to the weakening of your vaginal muscles. Training your pelvic front muscles will increase the sensitivity of your vagina and will definitely make sex more stimulating.
#3: Other Added Health Benefits
Weak vaginal and pelvic floor muscles affect not just your sex life, but your general health as well. If your vaginal muscles are week, this can cause your uterus, bowel or bladder to sag down and push against the walls of the vagina. Doing a few pelvic floor exercises every day can improve your general health and help you treat the symptoms of bladder weakness or prolapse.
Do You Have A Pre-existing Pelvic Floor Conditions?
If you find that you have difficultly identifying your pelvic floor muscles, are unsure if you’re performing the exercises correctly, or are experiencing bladder or bowel control symptoms, hop on the phone and make an appointment with your GP or phone the Continence Foundation of Australia’s free, confidential National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66. They will guide you through the process and may refer you to a continence professional who will assess your pelvic floor and develop an individualized pelvic floor muscle training program for you.
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss.
Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.