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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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    are there any treatments that I can use at home for urinary incontinence. I've had this problem since I was a teenager, I'm now 63. I had two repair ops. during my twenties which helped but during the last few years, I often get up during the night as I am awakened by a sudden urgency to wee. I wear panties and pyjamas at night and they are often wet by the time I get to the loo. I'm not very good at exercisng my pelvic floor. Is there some sort of gadget that I can use at home to simulate pelvic floor exercises?





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    You may want to try a product which is available in Boots and I have also seen it in the scotts and co and House of Bath catalogues. Its a medical device and recommended by the NHS. Its called Incostress. If you go to the Boots website you can see the reviews. Its a washable tampon which supports the urethra and bladder neck and at the same time helps you gently exercise the pelvic floor muscles without straining. You can wear it day and night. I wear mine only when going out. It worked for me. Regardless of what you have self diagnosed I would still go to see a phyiotherapist or continence nurese first.

    My doctor won't refer me to see a gyno, what should I do? Im 26 and had three children now aged 6 5 3, i suffered from pelvic separation during my last pregnancy and I've never felt right since, i leak wee went i laugh, cough and sneeze, i get sharp pains in my right side low down between leg and pelvic, my vagina externally falls down when i use the toilet, squat. I've tried pelvic floor exercises but i don't have any feeling when doing it. I really don't know what to do anymore.





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    You need a new Dr!!! If your physician isn't giving you the answers you need, and you can't trust them in your care, its time to go to a new one. You obviously have some issues, it could be a prolapse of some kind, and it needs to be checked. Please go see a Dr that DOES care about you!

    I am 25- I have recently had a baby and I am now suffering from moderate bladder prolapse. (I had rotational forceps and an episiotomy). I have been doing pelvic floor exercises for the last few weeks after discovering the prolapse. (I was completely oblivious to the need to do them pre/post-natally before that). The pelvic floor exercises don't seem to be working much, and I am worrying that the prolapse is actually getting worse. If I have prolapse surgery would that prevent me from giving birth vaginally in the future? Would it impact on sexual function/sensation?





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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

    I have a very weak pelvic floor and suffer from incontinence. I cannot get on very well with excercises and wondered if the battery operated pelvic toners work. I read that the doctor on gmtv endorsed the Athena toner.





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    hi there. i am not sure if i have pelvic floor problems or if it is something else. for the past year i would say,i seem to be constantly wet on my knickers/trousers. this is extremely more when i exercise, to a point when my trousers are wet and i look like i have wet nyself.although it doesnt smell of urine.i have tried everything, i constantly go to the toilet before exercise,and have been practising pelvic floor tightenings but nothing is helping. i exercise every day,doing dancing in my job with children.and do an exercise class 2-3 times a week as well as lots of walking to walk. its got to a point when its really embarassing,but doesnt feel like wee, it feels like sweatif that makes sense. please help!!!!





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    hi i have the same problem mines been going on 2 years since i had my daughter

    I suffer from lower back pain and pain in my hip which occasionally gives way with shooting pain. I've had xrays & mri all that it showed was couple of bulges in lower back no wear n tear. I had an epidural in lower back but this didn't help either. They advised that i need to strengthen my pelvic floor which i know i do as i do occasionally suffer leakage etc had 3 natural births However when i have been doing pelvic floor exercises i have found this seems to cause more pain in my hip to the degree before where i was unable to sit stand or lay down i was in so much pain. I don't know what to do Dr just says keep doing it but last time i was on crutches and taking morphine for pain got so bad.





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    Has anybody had a Vestibulectomy? I have been offered surgery to help with my symptoms that have been diagnosed as localised, provoked vestibulodynia. I am currently seeing a Physiotherapist who specialises in Pelvic Floor Muscles who thinks I should delay my surgery as she believes that my problem is more muscle based and that scar tissue may make my situation worse. And that she has pressed the 'tender' area and that I had not reacted in a 'over-sensitive' manner so thinks the surgery may not be for me. Unfortunately I was told by the gynaecologist that my vagina is rather small to average sizes. But that surgery is the best answer as physio will help with the pelvic floor but where the tissue is inflamed it needs to be removed as she poked the relevant areas which caused the usual discomfort from intercourse with my partner. This has been on-going for years and my partner has stood by me through all of this and is also in a mixed opinion now and worried I think to give me wrong advice. I was confident for the surgery but I am so nervous now about the operation in case scar tissue is an issue or in case this isn’t the right option for me. I was diagnosed with chronic thrush for three years (which now coming off the pill seems to have cleared up) I have used Cortisol creams, have been offered numbing creams, have seen a psycho sexual councillor and am now undergoing pelvic floor phyio. My physiotherapist though has now put worries in my mind about the risk of surgery. I don’t want to undermine the physio or the gynaecologist but need some advice and help. I am worried sick. I wanted to see if anyone who had the surgery has had an issue with physiotherapy and if scar tissue has become an issue? Or can advise me what to do next… My physio wants me to delay thinking it’s not the right treatment and to work on pelvic floor… obviously surgery isn’t going to be a quick fix for me but she is worried scar tissue may cause more damage. My gynaecologist thinks that pelvic floor exercises will help but the problem is the damaged tissue that needs to be removed…. HELP! I don’t know what to do … I thought surgery would be simple and then work on the pelvic floor but should I be reconsidering surgery due to my phyios advice?





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    Hi Katy I had the surgery in march 23 3 weeks ago I had sex for the first time after my op! I had 10% pain due to stretching the scar tissue and 90% no pain I actually came for the first Time through sex in my life. Go on YouTube research dr Ross pagano from melbourne Australia there is a video posted by the cancer council Victoria on there and he talks about this condition! Having the surgery was the best thing I have ever done I would be in tears in so much pain during sex that my partner and I went over a year without sex. Research dr pagano after 7 years and I think over 50 doctors he is the best at explaining it and is known to be the best in Australia at treating it! Good luck Nicole if you want to discuss further contact the website so that you can get my email address

    I had my son 6 weeks ago and have just been told the ceiling of my vagina has collapsed slightly. It sticks out slightly and I can feel it when I move about. I was told to keep doing my pelvic floor excercises and it will get better. Can I also use a pelvic toner to speed things up? Electronic or one with weights?





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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 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, I am pregnant with my second child in month 4 and find that my pelvic floor is weak and I am afraid of going for a walk in case I leak or doing too much physical activity. I have been to my physio who has me doing a daily pelvic floor routine. Is there any else I could be doing to keep working on a strong pelvic floor. I am worried about the bump getting bigger and having even more issues. Thanks





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    Hello The programme last night was very good indeed and extremely informative. I am particulary interested in the pelvic floor section of the programme. There were a few ladys who agreed to test three pelvis floor products to improve their pelvis floor muscle. I would like to know where I might purchase the product that the third lady tried which I think was called "Pelvic Floor Cones". Many thanks.





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    Dear Sophie, Go to your GP and get a referral. You will need to perform pelvic floor exercises to strengthen, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself, i had a prolapse at 23 after the birth of my son and I did not want to have surgery like my Mum. Check out info on Kegel8 - they have a vast resource on prolpase and help available. Also with your straining this is really bad for your pelvic floor, something like the squattypotty will help - watch the video and you will see how changing your position will really help - its on YouTube. You are young so exercise will help to strengthen, you must avoid further prolapse if possible and stay strong so you don''t then become incontinent. Watch your weight - too much pressure on your pelvic floor, even a few lbs will add to the strain, sit up straight - walk tall, it all helps to strengthen your pelvic floor. Seek help from a woman's physiotherapist if you can get a referral from your GP

    Just watching Embarrassing bodies now, and have to comment as Dr Dawn is saying that a prolapse showing cannot be corrected with pelvic floor exercises and is sending for possible op. I beg to differ as I have 4 children, only after the 3rd did I have a prolapse (I think due to a retained placenta, which nurse tried to drag out!) I did not know about pelvic floor until this, even though I'd had leaks before kids and it was a severe prolapse, actually coming out of vagina. Since then, I've done pelvic floor Exercises regularly (every day, both pulses and holds) and now never have a problem, even after another baby, just a slight leak when I get a really bad cough and stomach muscles get fatigued. This needs to be seriously addressed in health care, Pelvic floor is so important, and should be advised as preventative before children, both of my teen daughters now do them and hopefully will never have this problem.





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    Thank you for your comment, Becky! I had my third baby 2 years ago and developed an anterior vaginal prolapse while pregnant. It has been totally fine until recently. I have been doing heavy weightlifting at the gym for 2 years with no problems until now. My vagina doesn't look any worse (and is not as bad as the pictures above, but I can see some prolapsed vaginal wall), it just feels full. I have started pelvic floor exercises daily (wasn't doing them before). How long did it take you with the exercises before your prolapse got better? I don't want to stop powerlifting and I also ordered a myofascial release tool that may help with my tight PF muscles. Any advice?

    I think it's awesome that you have your own teen girls doing pelvic floor exercise!!! I think if we all would've had that knowledge and had a head start at prevention like that, we probably wouldn't have these problems, or at least not nearly as bad. I wish my own mother would've educated me like that. (All I got was a "sex is dirty and wrong" lecture, and was encouraged to just forget about having a vagina altogether... sigh...) Your girls are lucky to have you :)

    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 ;-)

    This could be thrush?? Does the discharge smell if so it is most likely to be thrush. Or if you get the itchyness after shaving this may just be shaving rash which is normal. And the discharge might be that you dont have a very strong pelvic floor. You can try some pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor to see if this reduces the discharge. (white goo)xx

    You may have a pelvic floor that is too tense. It is common among dancers and runners. I recommend getting a physio to check your pelvic floor tone.

    Hi i'm waiting for an appointment to have a vaginal hysterectomy an anterior repair can you tell me if the machines you use to help with the pelvic floor will help me after my op.i was told that i will still need to do pelvic floor after the op but this hasn't helped so far and if i can use something to help me that would be great. i would be greatful if you could tell me where i can get them. many thanks





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    I have a 12 week old baby and suffering from vaginal wind and possible prolapse. ( can you direct me to a picture of what a vagina looks like with out the prolasp to compare) I do the pelvic floor wee test and am o.k so can me just working on my pelvic floor improve this?





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    hi I watched an episode where 3 ladies were testing out types of pelvic floor strengthening devices. There was one that was more effective than the other two and gave the lady 60 percent stronger pelvic floor muscles. I just want to know what it is called. ie the name of the product thanks





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    Hi Chloe, I believe they were called aquaflex and if you go on amazon at the moment you can get them for £14.95 with free delivery.

    Since having my daughter 3 years ago i've had a really weak pelvic floor. I've tried the exercises but to no avail. I've never seen a doctor about this as have been to embarrassed. It's really knocked my confidence. I missed the show where women tried the pelvic floor exercisers. I'd like to know where to purchase these please. Do you recommend them? Thank you





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    I have never had any children however I do have quite an active sex life with my partner and I'm only 21 years of age. My pelvic floor muscles are very weak and am nt satisfyin my parnter anymore. I'm worried if i don't do anything about it i'll loose him. I have tried doing pelvic floor exercises but don't feel that they are working. Can you help please.





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    i cant feel much during sex since i had my son 18 mnths ago, ive been doing pelvic floor excersizes they dont seem to help, how do i know its my pelvic floor thats the problem ?





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    I watched your program recently about the best pelvic floor toner but didn`t take note of what it was called.I am 33yrs old and have had 3 large babies so I am desperate to find something that really works as the pelvic floor excercises I`ve been doing dont seem to be improving anything. Thanks





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    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

    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

    hi, i'm 14 now and i have been wetting myself for as long as i can remember. i have never we the bed because it is usually when i laugh... and i am always laughing, i have tried pelvic floor exercises and they havent worked. i am scared to go out with my friends, my mum thought it had something to do with the fact i used to have very regular water infections. i have been to the doctor, they suggested pelvic floor and left it at that, please help me





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    Hi, I'm 36 and have a 5 year old. I had quite a traumatic labour and tore quite badly. I don't think I had a particularly good pelvic floor before this, but I now can't feel anything during sex and have been trying to get pregnant for ages and wonder whether my weak pelvic floor is preventing me for falling pregnant. Does anyone know whether this is possible? Thanks





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  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

  • Headlice

    Episode 2 - Kids

    This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that may prove to be life saving; a woman with a sore bottom whose problem is much deeper than it seems and a teenage girl with a severe scaly scalp. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 5 - Holiday

    This week's episode includes a visit to the airport where the Doctors see holiday goers bring back more than just souvenirs and tans. Read more →

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