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Conditions

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 >>

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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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I am a mother of two, the youngest is 10. My marriage broke up a couple of years ago and we did not have a physical relationship for many years. I now have a new partner and I can't orgasm properly. My pelvic floor is not what is used to be following two vaginal births. I attended physio and did my best to keep up with the pelvic floor exercises, but still feel that things are not right. I have purchased the aqauflex pelvic floor cones, but can't seem to keep these in. I occasionally have stress incontinence and find that during intercourse, I am unable to function my pelvic floor in the way it should, I.e. Contract my pelvic floor, meaning that I didn't orgasm. I can feel my bladder at the edge of my vagina, more than it ever was in the past, and try to hold this up, but fail miserably. Is there surgery available that would strengthen my pelvic floor and enable me to lead a normal sex life. And not feel that he is having sex with the Mersey tunnel





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I am 20 with a 2 year old and 1 on the way. I think I may have a slight or beginning of a vaginal and rectal prolapse, which started about 2 months ago following anul sex without lube. Before this tho during my first pregnancy I began gushing "pee/squirt" im really not sure which. I pee before and literally probably gush a quart. Its so much im afraid to orgasm with my fiance who I have been with for over 5 yrs and is really putting a damper on our sex life. It smells sweet, but if not cleaned up properly does end up smelling foul later on. Does it sound like due to pregnancy weaking my pelvic Floor I am involuntarily peeing? Its a few HUGE involuntary gushes (no pushing out as some women explain how they squirt)followed by a euphoric orgasm.





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i also have recently lost three stone and it can be nocticed more





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help neefe pleaee. i had my daughter 20 months ago she weighed 11lb 2 since the birth i have a bulge of what looks like muscles in the opening of my vagina but noy alk the way out yet is rhis a prolapse or weak pelvic floor musvles. i leak urine hurt during sex and can no longrr wear tampons. i had a natutal birth wirh second degree tearing i feel old





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I have had. 3 children and since that my pelvic floor muscle has weakened slit, sometimes even shouting would make me wee a little . I even have to direct my poo by pushing on the area between my virgina and anus sometimes which isn't nice at all . All this plus I suffer from IBS - all since having children , all naturally and all quick labours. Any advice would be great as I'm only 30.





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I'm only 16 and I often pee a lot when I cough or sneeze. Even after I've just went to the toilet id stand up and a lot more urine would come out.





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I have a huge problem for the last month I feel pressure in my bowl area a feeling of needing to push all the time why is that





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Omg!! I have same problem...I hope it is nothing serious I have to make an appt for the GI doctor....I hope everything is ok with you too..

I have similar problem after giving 2 births. When I go to toilet I can feel like my poo is pushing through my vagina. Actually I need to hold my perineum to direct it correctly. I don't really want any surgery but I'm afraid that one day the thinner and thinner tissue between vagina and rectum may eventually brake. Is it possible?





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I had this, after 2 kids (2 x 3rd degree tears), I found eating more fibre and drinking more helped, it made the poo softer so there wasn't any pressure anywhere else.

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I have à week bladder especally when i cough i am 28 yrs old and i havent give birth and i am over Weight please help





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I would like to know which pelvic floor exerciser do you recommend for women with a prolapse?





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