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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 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.

Hi I have had lower back pain for years now And also had piles really bad and have also had the operation to remove them I also have trouble with my bladder not holding urine but when I cough,sneeze or jump I leak urine really bad and I'm needeing to urinate more often and hurts if I hold for too long Just recently I have had the back pain a lot more to the point where I can not bend or sit for long periods and had piles reoccur also Could this possibly be a prolapse going on or could this be something else ? As all of them seem to be happening at once I have also had pain during intercourse for quite a while and changes in patterns with periods some very heavy for longer times and some less for shorter times Could you please advise me what you may think this is please





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Hi about 18 months ago I had left testicle pain and when I went 4 bowel movement it could make this better or worse next thing I no I had sharp shooting pains in the perenium and testicles to the point I couldn't stand up or walk also lower back pain the pain has got worse and worse and I haven't been able to work because standing and sitting is a nightmare I've had ultrasound on belly and testies which was clear and mri of spine and pelvis which also clear my hips and thighs really hurt as well and my testicles look high and tight and penis as if that area can't relax I been told this could be pelvic floor problem any advice or information be appreciated many thanks





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Do pelvic toners work for men regarding stress incontinence





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Hello I'm only 19 and when I sneeze or cough or laugh to much I wee I don't think this is normal and I've tried the pelvic floor exercise already hasn't helped





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I have a weak pelvic floor muscle and a over active bladder which is affecting my sex life and hard to control my wee what can i do to help this other them pelvic floor exercises





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