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    I have a problem with vaginal wind (fanny farts), as I go about my daily life. It has nothing to do with sex. I have just bought a pelvic exerciser similar to what the NHS provide on prescription. I don't know if this will help with my problem as they seem to only strenghten the outer muscles. As you get older the pelvic walls become loser and fanny farts come about. I don't know if the whole pelvic wall needs to be strenghthened. If so , I don't know how to strenghten the whole pelvic wall. Can any one answer my questions. I do not have a prolapse which would be another reason someone could suffer the embarassing condition. I want to do all I can before telling my GP. Thanks





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    Take a look at this site it might do the tricvk.http://pelvicfloorexerciser.net/

    is it normal to have weak pelvic floor muscles and not be able to satisfy your man when you haven't had any children?





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    Hi, I have a weak pelvic floor but when I do exercises my bladder and bowel become over active,I get bad trappped wind & bloating, feel sick and get a lot of pain all over the pelvic and abs area, back and front. I struggle to sit comfortably and get pain in my tailbone. I also occassionly get out of breath and also get more hiccups. I was doing the exercises about a 6 weeks ago and then got a kidney infectionand stopped. I have just started to try and do them again (at the advice of the physio I have just started) and the symtoms have all flared up again. I'm not sure if this is normal like when you first start exercising any body part or if I should stop the exercises. I have also been researching hypertonic pelvic floor muscles but I'm not sure if my symptoms are severe enough. I should also add I suffer with anxiety. A reply and and any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks for listening, Lou





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    Hi Lou, it does sound like you have some hypertonicity or spasm in your pelvic floor muscles which would explain the pain in your tailbone and sitting discomfort. However it is not normal to experience the extent of pain in your abs, back and the responses your bladder, bowel and abdomen when performing the exercises correctly. I am not sure whether this could be due to the hypertonicity also. I would see a specialist Pelvic Floor (Women's Health/Pelvic Health) Physiotherapist to have the muscles and your technique assessed and they can also help with decreasing the muscle spasm. Hope that helped, Samantha

    Im 42 year old woman and I havent had children. Ive been using Aquaflex pelvic exercisers for a while now because I found that I leaked urine if I sneezed heavily, jumped or lifted heavy things, and some other similar situations. Ive had weight problems and I was almost 18 stone once but Im now about 12 stone, so weight could have been the problem. My last 2 sexual partners have said that my vagina feels very tight during sex, but I seem to urinate during sex now which I never used to do, so Im very confused. Surely if I was tight then it cant be pelvic muscles. Maybe its something else? Any suggestions?





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    hi namesake! might be Pelvic Floor Disfuncion, think i have it myself. it's where some muscles are too tight (but quite possible that other muscles arent strong enough). i'm going to try phsyio.

    Hi, I'm a 40 year old male. Each time I urinate no matter how long I take about it afterwards I leak maybe a drop or two. If I rush it can be a dribble. Could this be down to weak pelvic floor muscles? I used to be quite fit but don't train any more. Thanks Colin





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    I am 37 years of age and a mother of 2.Since my last child 5years ago, I have leakage espically when i cough,sneeze and when I jump about with my children. I have to wear protection all the time. I am always exercising my pelvic floor muscles. Please help.





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    The episode I just sore was the three woman with incontinence and they each tried a device to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles can you please tell me the name of the one that showed the best results. I think the woman had a 60% improvement.





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    I have a prolapse of the front vaginal wall. The effects are not distressing. I have some mild urinary incontinence caused by a weakened pelvic floor after having 4 kids. If I keep up the exercises then the leakage is minimised to when I have a full bladder and cough/jump on a trampoline. The prolapse does not cause me discomfort and sex is still good for me and my husband. I am overweight, almost obese and I know losing weight would be good for both the mild incontinence and prolapse. I would like to avoid surgery for as long as possible. It is not convenient at this time in my life nor are the symptoms that bad. Does anyone have any experience of using vaginal weights or vaginal electro exercisers and how effective they are? Are they approriate for some-one with vaginal prolapse? Where do I find a reputable supplier?





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    hi i have a bladder prolapse and have stated to use kegel8 electric impulse machine as i found doing pelvic floor exercises difficult. i have also started to do posture exercises from a vidio by katie bowman in america and have found these helpful it is still early days but i am hoping i will be able to manage with out an opperation i am not sure about sex as my partner left when he found out i had a prolapse.

    I pass urine 14 to 20 times a day. Is this normal? I am a 40 yr old with no children and seems every time I drink cold water I ned to pass urine within a minute and I can not hold it in as bursting. I train a lot so think I have good pelvic muscles so not sure why this is happening. Has been like this since a teenager.





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    I'm 51 and have had three children. I have good control of my pelvic muscles, I can grip well, holding pee is no problem but the wall between my vagina and anus has no "tone" and can even protrude if I need to empty my bowels. nine times out of ten I need to push my thumb in my vagina to faciltate a bowel movement. this has gone onfor years what can I do?





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    Hi i have a 19 month old and i am experiencing the same problem as you. One doctor just sent me away ,to see what happened if i didnt help myself have a bowel movement, said i needed to retrain my muscles!!! I now have a new doc who is great he suggested pelvic floor exercises and has referred me to hospital for tests thinking the nerves in my perineum may be damaged from labour and pregnancy. Its grest that someone is finally listening to my problem. Go see your doc ASAP

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    Hi there, im only 19 but think i have weak pelvic muscles. I never real thought about it until i was failing to reach orgasmn because i always needed to go for a pee! I very rarely have leekage only on the odd occation when i already need the loo and sneeze unexpectedly or coffing (i had croup as a child and sometimes quite powerful coff). Ive also done alot of horserding from the age of 10-17. But all the research ive done suggests it only older women or people who are/ have been pregnant who get weakened pelvic muscles, so im a little concerned theres some other reason, can you please give me some advice thankyou.





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    I am a 26 year old mother of two and again like many others am suffering from slight incontinence, which has prevented my partner and from engaging in oral sex as I always feel like I am about to urinate when excited or just before orgasm. I am now educating myself with the various pelvic toners but am greatly ashamed of how my buttocks both sag terribly since my second child. I never put on weight excessively and when engaging pelvic floor excersises I can feel the muscles are weak and hardly responsive in my buttocks but my vagina muscles are gripping as well as expected. Could this be a contributing factor to my incontinence? And why has my muscle tone almost completely vanished? I walk lots and used to run before my second child was born. Why has my vagina muscles weakened so dramatically this time? Both my babies were premature and very underweight and so I carried fairly lightly.And both births were very quick 5hrs-1.3 hours from start to finish. Please help as I am so bitterly ashamed of my body both inside and out which has effected myself and my relationship gravely. Many thanks.





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    I think this is quite poor advice regarding pelvic floor weakness when you have provided no information regarding weak and shortened pelvic floor muscles. Whilst this is not discussed widely, this can actually be more prevalent than weak and long pelvic floor muscles. In this instance, 'strengthening' the muscles (using Kegel's etc) means shortening them further. Check out American biomechanist Katy Bowman: http://mamasweat.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/pelvic-floor-party-kegels-are-not.html





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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?

    Hi Lorraine, your concerns are common but not normal. Sexual climax depends on several things, including how aroused you are, stress, your relationship etc. and definitely on the tone and function of your pelvic floor muscles. The stronger they are, the more sensation and stronger the climax can be. It may be worthwhile seeing a pelvic health physiotherapist to check the how your pelvic floor muscles are going, particularly after having 3 babies (congrats!) and for ways to enhance their function. Here is a link to finding a Pelvic Health PT in Australia, Canada, USA or UK http://pelvichealthphysio.blogspot.ca/p/find-pelvic-health-pt.html

    see a different doctor. I recently had a bladder prolapse because of weak pelvic floor muscles (I've had five natural births)and I have quite severe stress incontinence because of it. I wee when I laugh, sneeze, cough- pretty much anything that makes my stomach muscles spasm. I've been referred to a specialist at the hospital to get physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles- haven't been to the appointment yet, but it sounds like its going to be more helpful than the usual- "do pelvic floor exercises" advice you get from gps and midwives. try talking to a different gp and explain how its affecting your day-to-day life, and making normal activities with your family difficult. best of luck. x

    I have weak pelvic floor muscles and i tend to wee myself if i laugh hard but not all the time. Also when im having sex i tend to release wind from my vagina, it only happens when we are in certain positions but it's really getting me down. It only started about a year ago and i dont have any kids. Could this be caused from having weak pelvic floor muscles too? Please help!!!





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    I am 40yrs old with 2 children. recently I have noticed that I cannot feel my pelvic floor muscles. I have been doing pelvic floor exercises since my late teens and my vagina have always been quite tight even after the birth of my children. However lately I have noticed a huge difference, i feel alot looser during sex with no grip and my vagina pushes out my partners penis without me pushing. When i do the pelvic floor muscles i cannot feel anything. I have also been diagnosed with adenomyosis, can this be the cause of my loose vagina?





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    So does mine it bleeds and alsorts

    i have a weak but tense pelvic floor and leak urine all the time, i have a very high resting tone of 25 which my therapist said it is meant to be be around 3,shes tried manual therapy which hasnt helped at all,she also checked my pelvis and the muscles surrounding the pelvis, which didnt help at all, my therapist is at a loss of what to do, i have a 15 month old son and this problem has occured since the birth do you know what else to do to try and relax my pelvic muscles im only 20 and dont want this all my life





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    I have a tense pelvic floor too. I have heard that squats are good for stretching the pelvic muscles. Maybe try a different physical therapist to see if they have any other ideas?

    Options for management of stress urinary incontinence include physiotherapy, pessaries and surgery. These are often used for prolapses but can also help to put internal pressure on the urethra to assist in closure and prevent leaking. There is such a thing as Botox for the muscles of the pelvic floor however this only helps to relax, not to strengthen. In some cases it can help to relax specific muscles that are in spasm or are tight and causing dysfunction. A Pelvic Health Physiotherapy assessment can help determine the cause of the pelvic floor dysfunction (which could involve straining, back or hip pain, incorrect movement patterns) and teach you how to perform Kegels correctly. 40% of women who have only been verbally instructed how to do the exercise are doing it incorrectly and some of those women are actually doing harm to their pelvic floor instead.

    Hi Angie As we get older, urinary incontinence is extremely common with childbirth, menopause and simply the aging process all going contributing to the loss of muscle strength. Like any muscle in the body, it's a case of "use it or lose it" and lack of exercise within the pelvic floor muscles can certainly contribute to incontinence. Traditional "kegel exercises" (squeeze and release) are often recommended and in theory, these should work. However, many women find that it is difficult to stick to a regime which will be effective as you would realistically have to do thousands of repetitions over a period of several months to see a significant change. In addition, many women leave it a long time before taking action and their muscles are so weak that they cannot even tense the muscles correctly to start with. Electronic pelvic toners are becoming very popular and represent a no-effort way to tone up the muscles and cure incontinence.Of course, you still need to be motivated to actually "use" the device but this is just for a few minutes daily and you have the reassurance that you are doing the proper type of pelvic muscle squeezes, at the proper intensity for the right length of time. You can see a range of effective pelvic toners at http://kegel8reviews.com Two highly recommended devices are the Kegel8 range and Athena Pelvic Muscle Trainer. Hope this has helped.

    Hi Liz, an exercise bike would be ok as long as you maintain a relatively neutral posture. Try to avoid rounding forward through your spine as this will put more pressure down onto your pelvic organs and muscles. A pelvic health physio can teach you some other management strategies to help reduce the prolapse and restore good pelvic floor muscle function.

    Ask your GP for a referal to a specialist womans/gynae physiotherapist, someone who can help you to do correct pelvic floor exercises- they usually have them at the big hospitals. I have a significant anterior wall vaginal prolapse after having my second (big) son. The physio really helped me with pelvic floor muscles. i actually found out how to do them properly and they have machines that help you learn the right muscles to squeeze. My pelvic floor tone improved to the extent that I now don't have to wear a ring to hold everything in place. Just waiting to see if I really don't want any more kids before they give me surgery to correct things properly. But in the meantime a bit of physio and lots of pelvic floor exercises have helped me no end. Also worth looking at is the Core Program DVD you can get free from Tena (who make the incontinence pads)- do a google serach you'll come up with the website if you type in Tena and core program. Sometimes it's easier to do your pelvic floor exercises if you've got an instructor on screen shouting at you ;-)

    I have a tense pelvic floor too. I have heard that squats are good for stretching the pelvic muscles. Maybe try a different physical therapist to see if they have any other ideas?

    You are lucky, at least you will know when you improve your symptoms. Having to keep asking people how bad is it today - they get tired of answering and avoid answering and start to be polite rather than telling you the truth. So for once you are lucky! Try the choline free diet and reduce all forms of stress. It's doubtful, but it could be bloating that needs medically looking at (remember - doctors do not always get it right first time, so be prepared to think further and go back and say why you think they are wrong). Possibly, I'm not sure, but the following might help. The weaker the tummy muscles become, the larger your waste becomes, it's a vicious circle. Follow 'simple and cheap and easy'. When in a vehicle and you go round a corner, do you push your tummy muscles out to support you or pull them in? When you get up from laying down, do you push your tummy muscles out to support you or pull them in? When you lift things, do you push your tummy muscles out to support you or pull them in? The answer should always be pull them in (core support - also prevents many back problems - read about Pilates). One thing, when tightening the abdominal muscles you naturally tension the pelvic floor muscles. Learn to limit pelvic floor muscle tensing, because initially "romantic enjoyment" is improved! :-) but then can be come restricted by the muscles being too strong (this applies to both sexes).

    You definitely need to see a qualified phyiscal therapist to assess your pelvic floor. You may have some damage to the muscles and/or nerves of the area if you had difficult vaginal deliveries and surgical repair. Pelvic floor strengthening can work wonders if you do it correctly. There are weights and electrical stimulation that can help the muscles re-learn how to contract as well. There are surgical options to help make the opening of the vagina tighter but this will not be a complete success unless you strengthen the muscles as well. There are accessories that you can use to help improve the sensation for your partner in the interim while you are working on your health. These can be found in catalogs for adult entertainment. You are too young to settle for this!!! You can find information about this type of physical therapy through the APTA Women's Healt section.

    I am 53 years old, 17 months ago I had a hysterectomy, had 6 weeks off work, which was great, has the months went on I could not ready feel my pelvic floor muscles, so went back to the doctors, who said the problem now is I have vaginal prolapse, so I must do my pelvic floor muscles exercises for about 2 months, if do not work will have to have surgery again. I am getting very stressed. I will have to have more time off work again and all surgery.





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    hi Yvonne just read your post and wondered how you are doing has the pelvic floor exercises helped did your specialist recommend this I took am 53 and had an abdominal hysterectomy almost 2 1/2 years ago I was off work for 6 weeks and when I went back to work they wouldn't allow me to do the job I used to do so I had to leave that job I now find that I have a prolapse and im due to see a specialist on Tuesday im worried about this and cant really afford to have 6 plus weeks off work im also reading so many bad posts about how painful this operation is it would be nice to be able to talk to someone going through the same thing thanks michelle im in Australia by the way

    Hi Steph, YES! It absolutely can be reduced without surgery if it is an early stage. It takes some changing of habits and possibly footwear (heels are very detrimental to the pelvic floor musculature). Strengthening of the pelvic muscles is key as well as avoiding any straining or downwards pressure. Here is some more info if you are interested http://pelvichealthphysio.blogspot.ca/2013/10/pelvic-organ-prolapse-part-1.html

    hi, im 16 and have been with my boyfriend for well over a year. and recently (well at least a month) iv found that my discharge is all over the place. (Not literally thankfully) somethimes its creamy light yellow? Other times clear and others white but always comes out in one go and at the worst times although luckily it doesnt smell. I find myself either wearing panty liners or tampons wen im not on my period. Im on the pill but recently changed from microgynol to cilest and was wondering could that be causing it? My other theory was that i have quite an active love life and was thinking that my pelvic muscles were weak and could be just well letting it out... ( got this thought after your programme about pelvic muscles and toners and all that jazz) but before i go spending 65 odd quid on a pelvic muscle toner want to no if its worth it? Iv only been with two other people, both always used condoms and one was a virgin anyway so i dont think its an STI or anything... Touch wood mind. Help me please? :( Xx





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    After 4 children my pelvic floor was very much weakened. Eventually, I plucked up the courage to see my GP and thank God I did. Firstly, it wasn't nearly as embarrassing as I thought it would be and secondly, she was very reassuring that this problem was usually easy to treat. After a course of physio and tests to investigate my pelvic floor function, I had a TVT operation where they put in a tape that holds up the bladder. It has made such a differenc to my quality of life. My day is not planned round visits to the loo, I can walk the dog and not worry, going to the beach on holiday is no longer a source of stress, etc. It's the little things that really add up and make you feel normal. And to the lady who worried she was too old, I was 38 when I had this done.





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