Below are some common questions about pelvic health and answers that can help you better understand what you’re going through.
What is my pelvic floor?
These are the muscles between your legs, from your pubic bone in front to the base of your spine at the back. Imagine a sling. This ‘sling’ holds your bladder and urethra. It’s these muscles that let you control your bladder. When you work out these muscles you're doing Kegel exercises, first developed in 1948 by Dr. Arnold Kegel.
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Your pelvic floor is a sling of muscles and ligaments that stretches from your pubic bone at the front to your coccyx or tailbone at the back. Read more
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Your pelvic floor is your first line defence against problems with incontinence and prolapse. Kegel exercises for your pelvic floor should be as important a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth. Many people new to pelvic floor exercises think that they take a huge amount of physical effort or even that they have to get down on the floor to perform them (hence the name!).
Neither of these is true. Anyone can perform pelvic floor exercises, even if they have other illnesses or are confined to a wheelchair or bed. You can also do them immediately after vaginal surgery or childbirth. The only time you are advised to wait is if you have a catheter in your bladder.