Frequently Asked Questions
The muscles and connective tissues that make up the pelvic floor are responsible for supporting the pelvic organs. These connective tissues are attached to the bones at the base of your pelvis.
The urethra, bladder, intestines, and rectum are all deemed to be parts of an individual’s pelvic organs. If you have a vagina, the pelvic floor also contains the cervix and the uterus.
The muscles of the pelvic floor are essential for daily activities. They provide support for the bladder, urethra, rectum, anus, prostate, uterus, cervix, vagina, and intestines, among other pelvic organs.
Pelvic floor muscles support arousal and orgasm as well as sexual health and function.
In addition, they support your hips and trunk, making it easier to stand and move.
These muscles can become weaker throughout pregnancy and after vaginal birth, which can lead to a variety of problems ranging in severity from minor discomfort and pain to pelvic organ prolapse.
However, pelvic floor dysfunction is not just associated with pregnancy and delivery. Aging, menopause, surgery, strenuous lifting, extended sitting, sexual abuse, and factors that increase strain on the abdomen, such as being overweight, can all cause this.
After giving delivery, daily pelvic floor exercises (Kegels) will help you regain control of your bladder and bowels. Exercises might help you feel less swollen and bruised because they increase blood flow.
A well-toned pelvic floor also improves the sensation in your vagina, making orgasms and intercourse more pleasurable.
After delivering your baby, you can begin your pelvic floor exercises as soon as you feel comfortable. Even though it may be the last thing on your mind, it will be beneficial for you.
Keep in mind that every time you cough or sneeze, your pelvic floor is instantly engaged. So you should start working things out as soon as you can.
Because the nerves in that region became longer when you pushed the baby out, you might not feel your pelvic floor at first. Even if nothing seems to be occurring, you will still be benefiting yourself.
It’s never too late to start exercising if you didn’t develop the habit while pregnant or after giving birth to your child. If you start now, you can still reap all the rewards of exercise.
Yes. When you’re pregnant, your pelvic floor can get overloaded, regardless of how you give birth.
Your pelvic floor won’t feel as painful and your muscles are likely to be stronger than those of a mother who gave birth by vaginal delivery, therefore you should find it simpler to execute your exercises than a mother who gave birth vaginally. Your nerves will not have been harmed unless you spent a significant amount of time in labour before the delivery of the baby.
The inability to properly relax and coordinate the muscles in your pelvic floor to pee or have a bowel movement is known as pelvic floor dysfunction. You could have discomfort when having sex if you’re a woman, and you might have trouble getting or maintaining an erection if you’re a male.
Your pelvic organs may shift lower in your pelvis if your pelvic floor is severely damaged, as can happen after many pregnancies. Pelvic organ prolapse describes this condition.
Because your womb, bowels, and bladder are pressing on the walls of your vagina, you will have a dragging sensation in your vagina if you have prolapse.
As you get older, the strength of your pelvic floor declines, which means that you are more likely to experience issues later in life as opposed to immediately after giving birth. Performing your pelvic floor exercises is beneficial for a number of reasons, one of which is to reduce the risk of developing prolapse and incontinence in the future.
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