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Weak Pelvic Floor

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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Hi, my problem is that my urine has always come out at an angle of about 45 degrees to the left but recently it has started coming out completely sideways so it goes into my left bum cheek and makes my leg wet :( What's going on? Ps I am female





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I've had 3 babies normal vaginal births my youngest is now 3. We used to have a fantastic love life but since the birth of our last child when making love I don't feel very much it feels like I'm to loose. Can this be fixed by just doing pelvic floor exercises?





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Pelvic floor exercises will definitely help with feeling but you have to keep doing the exercises if you want your pelvic floor to stay fit as with any muscle.

I'm 15 and am quite fit and healthy- regularly compete in trampolining, but when I bounce I've noticed that I wee. It's embarrassing- not only shows up on my leotard but also smells! Is there anything I can do to stop this?





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Try doing Kegel exercises, as described here, see a doctor in case it's something beyond your control, and in the mean time could you try wearing pads for protection or get waterproof pants that look like normal pants to stop anything leaking through/anyone knowing (I think called Diary doll or something, give it a google?)

I'm the opposite of your other posters. I've no incontinence but I just don't seem to get an orgasm any more, or it's so weak I hardly notice it. I do some kegel exercises. What can I do? I'm 44 and have had two children, but I had my last child at 35 and this problem started at 40.





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I had baby six months ago and my vagina feels really open still hard to climax after the deed and cant poo why cant I after I drink water prune juice and fiber I still cant plzz help it doesn't feel the same any more why is it so weak I have no feeling during sex feels to open and poo always to hard to pass!





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Hi, I too had the same problem I have 3 boys. You need to be doing the pelvic floor exercises at least 3 times a day. If like me you find it hard to remember or maybe just lazy to do it, then aquaflex cones are AMAZING and if you stay consistent with them quick results, better than results of doing them alone. They use weights so you have to tighten quite hard to keep the cones in. Results you can notice even after 1st two weeks. Try it I promise, your husband will thank them lol :) GD Luck

my daughter is 7 years old and tends to have accidents every time she laughs hard. She says she doesn't feel like she needs to go but cannot help it then when she laughs. I have taught her how to do her pelvic floor exercises and she has been keeping up with it but it does not seem to be taking affect yet? She doesn't really want to go to the GP as she is slightly embarrassed about it. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.





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I'm 19 and had my first sexual partner two years ago. It felt like the muscles in my vagina had stretched. We broke up a while ago, and I haven't had sex since, but i find i sometimes have problems inserting tampons. Can your vagina shrink when you haven't had sex for months?





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Help I have had a weak pelvic floor for the last 7 yes but its running my life I never leave the house I'm really fed up I always need a wee





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I'm a 30 year old mother of 6 children all vaginal deliveries I've had my muscles tested and they are very week barely working I'm just wanting to know what's the best option to tone them up quickly as I'm very busy I've been trying to do exercises but find them quite difficult as I don't feel much when doing them





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hi i too have had 6 kids all vaginal birth plus larger babies.I have been using kegal toner for a long time plus doing kegal excersizes daily while doing chores etc.You will find that the more you do them the more they work,try weighted toners they help too.I still feel as i was before children-if not better.If you need advice feel free to contact me :-)

I can feel my muscles getting less good as I get older now im doing exercises but theres no way I ll get them back to how they were





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hi sure you can,vaginal muscles are like any other muscle-the more you excersize it,the better it becomes





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