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Weak Pelvic Floor

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The pelvic floor are a large sheet of muscles between your pubic bone and your tailbone, and these muscles help keep in place your bladder, vagina, uterus and bowel. These muscles can become stretched or weakened due to ageing and more specifically due to pregnancy. Once the pelvic muscles become weak they can sag and even lead to a prolapsed vagina. Also, these muscles give you control over your bladder and bowel movements, so their weakening can lead to some uncomfortable moments. There are a number of pelvic floor muscle exercises such as squeezes and contractions that can help you tighten the muscles and restore your bladder control.

The simplest exercise involves stopping the flow of urine when you are going for a wee. If you repeat this exercise 10-15 times in a row, you can gradually increase the length of your holds, and also the number of times you repeat it. For full instructions on pelvic floor exercises click here >>

+++UPDATE+++

In our Pelvic Floor programme first broadcast on the 15th April 2009 there were three products tested to help strengthen pelvic floor muscles. The products tested included a Pelvic Toner, a Pelvic Floor Exerciser and Pelvic Cones.

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I'm 22, no children nor pregnant. And every time I sneeze I kind of wee myself. It's starting to be embarrassing.. Can anyone tell me if its normal or something? Thanks in advance





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I'm 22, no children nor pregnant. And every time I sneeze I kind of wee myself. It's starting to be embarrassing.. Can anyone tell me if its normal or something? Thanks in advance





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Hi . I'd just like to ask if there's any treatment for prolapse other than surgery. Actually it's my grandma who's suffering with this kind of disease and her doctor have suggested an operation . She's already 67 and I'm afraid she cannot bear to undergo for a surgery. Is there any herbal treatment that could help her or just any non surgical method? ??





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I am 52 and had a total hysterectomy and cystocele repair 4 years ago, suddenly I had a new life ... No more leakingvurine if I sneezed or coughed. In January this year, I had bronchitis and coughed so much and si hard, I think I did some damage to my newly repaired prolapse. At the moment, I find myself back and forth to the loo every 10 minutes to wee, only to pass a dribble! If I cough, I'm soaked, I have lost control of my bladder, also I get days that I cannot open my bowels unless I empty my bladder first. I'm devastated .... The surgery I had to repair the misery I suffered has now been ruined and I'm back to the way I was. Will a pelic floor machine be any benefit? Has anyone else had a similar problem?





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Hi, since I had cervical cancer cells burnt away my partner and I have noticed I've become very loose and I have less sensation. My doctor says there is no sagging or anything but it definitely feels bigger and my partner says it has too. I also get extremely wet when we have intercourse, the doctor said my pelvic muscles are good though? Do you think a kegel toner/Vaginal exerciser would help? The doctor wanted me to use something but I'm not sure what as the nurse got confused and gave me a dialator which I didn't realise until I got home





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That exercises are incredibble!!! I had "that" problems and it didn't get me and my husband the rest. But I've found quite great thing and now I can enjoy my sexual life like it was 10 years before!!! I don't remember where I bought it, but probably it was anykegel , yes that's it!





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Wondering if you could help me please, I had a vaginal birth 6 months ago but had a episiotomy and forceps. They didn't Stockholm right back from where the cut me. But the last 2 months I've noticed I'm wet downstairs and having to change my knickers. It smells like urine. Also it makes me chaff and can leave the surrounding area very sore during the day when I'm walking a lot. I sometimes feel a dropping motion down below inside aswell. Does this sound like a internal prolapse? Thanks





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what is the difference between a pelvic floor toner and a " " exerciser? i want to to make my sex life better because im so loose my boyfriend doesnt even know if hes inside of me or not. im 48 and i rarely feel aroused anymore. i just want to improve my sex life. im very depressed and i want to know which device will work best for me.





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What was the results for the different types of devices for pelvic exercises.?





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I have a heavy feeling underneath and v low backache. What Dan I do to help myself.





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When the pelvic loor muscles are weak and unable to support the bladder, uterus and the rectum then we get the feeling o heaviness and backache. Get help from a knowledgeable pelvic floor physical therapist


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