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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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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

I have a similar issue. At first it scared the tar out of me and my husband. The first 40 to 45 years old. I did not have an orgasmic feeling at the moment of the leaking but overall throughout the sexual play I found that to be highly charged and was left feeling as if I had an extreme orgasm. But no doubt it was very shocking. Over the next year or two it continued to happened but soon therafter quit and rarely do I achieve this strong of an orgasm at all. I did not find it smelly later on in the sheets tho but I agree with the sweet smell during and clear coloted. Definately not urine. I asked a nurse at my doctor office about it because it was tripping me out while it did take place, especcially how much liquid came out and she assured me that this amount can go as high as a quart or more depending upon the woman. But for me not to worry because it is a natural thing for a womans body to do. Expel juices built up during sex. In fact not expelling is more unnatural and shows signs of a woman with sexuality issues to a degree unknown. Not enough time and study been devoted to women and our physical sexual issues of any type. I think your just fine. Since this happens during sex. Good luck and try to enjoy.





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hi I am a 30 year old mum of three since I had my middle child who is now 10 I've had to change my underwear at least 5 times a day due to being constantly losing urine its worse during the night I have to change my underwear at least twice as I wake up soaked. I try to do pelvic floor exercises but they really hurt and my insides ache has I do them please I need some advice its embarrassing I start university soon and I am really concise about it.





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I am 36 years old and have 3 kids, all delivered vaginally. I have noticed a lack of sensation during sex that was never a problem before. I use an electronic pelvic floor exerciser. Could that be the culprit? What can I do to get the sensation I once had back?





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I have a bladder and bowel prolapse but just recently I can swe my uretha opening is this right





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Hi i am 42 and have 5 children for many years now I wee my self though coughing,bending down,and if I don't get 2 toilet in time will just come out even when I have been toilet I can cough and still wee also if I don't go for a number 2 straight away when needed will also soil my self I have been doctors and do exercises they said I have okay muscles please help fed up with it all now :'(





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