MAKE YOUR PELVIC FLOOR A PRIORITY
Almost 1 in 3 women have pelvic floor disorders like incontinence or prolapse. These disorders are often left undiagnosed and untreated due of the lack of awareness and understanding of these common issues. Worst case scenarios can lead to needing invasive surgery which can be avoided by taking proactive measures and using kegel weights to build a strong and healthy pelvic floor.
Overcome Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Enhance Intimacy
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles and tissues of your pelvic floor because too stretched or weak to support the organs. The organs then begin to slowly descent and can eventually bulge out. This can lead to having to literally push them back in if not addressed with pelvic floor training, or in some cases surgery.
Symptoms can be distressing and have been described as protruding bulges, feeling pelvic area fullness, pain during sex, lower back pain, problems with urination, bleeding or constipation.
Pelvic floor training will really focus on the muscles, promoting blood flow and strength and should be the first line of proactive exercise before surgery is considered.
Can doing kegels really enhance intimacy?
Yes! The stronger and more ‘elastic’ your pelvic floor is, the easier it is to orgasm. When the muscles are too loose or misaligned, the rhythmic contractions will not be as responsive and can impede on nerve function that is crucial to having powerful orgasms.
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Achieve Muscle Tightness & Improve Bladder Control
Although in continence is very common symptom of the pelvic floor not functioning properly, it is hugely inconvenient to have to put up with leaks when coughing/laughing/running whilst going about your daily life.
Why does this happen?
The pelvic floor plays an important role in supporting the bladder and in charge of opening and contracting the urethra muscles. In a healthy functioning pelvic floor, the muscles are able to open and contract during activities like running or coughing, which causes pressure on the muscles. With a weakened pelvic floor, the muscles are unable to perform a strong enough contraction to keep the urethra muscles closed and control the flow of urine.
How can I fix this?
The first thing to remember with any suspected pelvic floor issues is to check your symptoms with your doctor to make sure there are no underlying issues. Once you have identified that your symptoms are in line with a weak pelvic floor causing the incontinence, pelvic floor training is the next step to begin preventing the urine leakage by strengthening the muscles.
Using the kegel weights and focusing on the closing function of the pelvic floor will be the most effective exercise to prevent these leaks.
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Build Strength for Labour & Faster Post-Natal Recovery
80% of women that experience problems are expectant or new mums. The pelvic floor can be quite impacted during pregnancy as your body copes with the weight of the growing baby which can overstretch and weaken the pelvic floor as early as 12 weeks into the pregnancy. Constipation which is a common side effect, can also put a great deal of strain on an already stretched pelvic floor.
During childbirth the muscles are stretched (and sometimes torn) which leads to pelvic floor dysfunction and many women find they have less control following the birth. The symptoms are often finding it hard to control wind, pelvic pain or even pelvic organ prolapse later on.
There is a common worry that these exercises can risk making the pelvic floor TOO tight which might increase the risk of tearing. The current research suggests that pelvic floor training does not increase the chances of instrumental delivery or episiotomy. Always double check with your midwife before embarking on any training and listen to your body and individual feedback.
It is recommended to wait until your 6 week checkup post partum, and then to start kegel training to prevent the symptoms from worsening. Using weights to contract your muscles with enough intensity, with the correct execution and for a long enough hold, should go a long way to help prevent future complications.
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