What are pelvic floor exercises?
You may have heard the term ‘pelvic floor exercises’ before, but if you’re not sure what it means, don’t worry!
When it comes to matters downstairs, us Brits have a habit of being a little too English about it, seeing it as a taboo subject, avoiding it at all costs!
However, it’s estimated that between 3 and 6 million people in the UK suffer with incontinence but only 2 out of 3 of those affected actually discuss it with their doctor.
Did you know that one of the main causes of incontinence is a weak pelvic floor?
Don’t despair just yet though.
Incontinence can be controlled through simple exercises known as pelvic floor exercises.
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is the term used to describe the group of muscles that hold the bladder and urethra in place. They allow you to be in control when you urinate, so when you have a weak or damaged pelvic floor, this can lead to incontinence.
So, who needs to do pelvic floor exercises?
As you get older, your pelvic floor will naturally weaken, which may lead to incontinence, but if you’d rather not wait for this to happen, starting your exercises sooner rather than later will seriously decrease your chances of having problems with incontinence later in life.
Almost 40% of new mums experience incontinence issues within 3 months after birth, so practicing pelvic floor exercises can help your body recover from the effects of childbirth.
How do I do pelvic floor exercises?
One way of exercising your pelvic floor muscles regularly is to simply squeeze them a few times a day.
Don’t overdo it, but gradually increasing the length of the squeezes will slowly improve the control you have of your muscles.
If you do this regularly, you should notice an improvement.
Here at Neen, we supply products that are designed specifically to help you exercise your pelvic floor muscles and to measure your progress.
Take a look here to find the product that is right for you.
If you’re concerned about any of the issues mentioned, don’t be afraid to speak to a healthcare professional.
Problems with incontinence are much more common than you think and it’s not just something you have to put up with!