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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 >>

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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, 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

Hi There I'm just wondering if anybody can help me. For as long as I can remember I have an over active bladder. Urge incontinence is what I would call it or bladder not emptying fully when I go. I always use panty liners - again for as long as I can remember. Ive tried pelvic floor but didn't make any difference. I hate it as I don't feel clean. To add insult of injury, my bowel is playing up. Ive been increasing my fibre intake and water to help regulate as sometimes I wouldn't go for days. Anyway lately sometimes there would be a streak of blood on panty liner (from bowel area) or streak of something else (tmi). I don't know if anybody will have any advice but its so distressing as I am a very clean person and don't know what do do. I also find it very difficult to stop flatulence (as in I can't hold it in). Any advice would be greatly appreciated.





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Hi Bree, I went to doc myself about similar problem today. Turns out I have weak rectum muscles due to 2 very short and sudden labours, this has weakened these muscles. Recently I had noticed stops of blood and sometimes something else and was also distressed as couldn't understand why this is suddenly happening. I went along to my local GUM clinic as was too embarrassed to go to family gp. Couldn't recommend them highly enough. Made me feel comfortable, and so kind and understanding about embarrassing problems! I have to do lots of pelvic floor exercises and was given special cream for the fissures. Hope this helps?

In reply to Pam, it sounds like you may have a rectocele. This means the rectum is bulging against the vaginal wall because the vaginal wall is weak. I only know this because I recently developed one myself. I am waiting to see the doctor but in the meantime trying not to lift anything heavy and using a tampon to support. I don't know how advisable this is but feels so uncomfortable to stand otherwise (my job involves standing most of the day) and I have read online about women doing this. I am really hoping to avoid surgery and have read that adjusting posture and using a pessary may help.





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What if the muscle don't go back can any think be don





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i'm constantly told i smell of wee i've done these excersizes for years since having my children i leak all the time regardless of what i'm doing i could be walking ,sitting , sleeping and i just trickly or burst with out warning i've informed my gp of this to be told it's stress incontinence and to do the exersizes i've been doing since child birth it's 14 years since i had my last child and i wet my self even seconds after going to the loo there has to be something more to be offered i'm fed up leaving puddles everywhere and smelling i'm 43





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Hi, I had the same problem and needed to know where every public loo was! I then discovered Kegel 8 pelvic floor exerciser. This has really helped. You might also check out your urine to make sure that you have no bacteria as this could happen as a result of having to wear liners all the time. I used a gel called tea tree balance intim gel www.esensa.rs (the kegel 8 was purchased from a company called stress no more, bought online and delivered to my home address) hope this info helps.





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