For some women, pelvic floor dysfunction may be no more than a slight nuisance, whereas for others, it can really affect your quality of life.
Simple pelvic floor function is taken for granted. We use our pelvic floor muscles to go to the toilet, they protect us from urinating/defecating when we laugh, cough or sneeze and they help us hold everything in place when we do exercise, lift objects and move about.
Imagine what life would be life if these simple functions were taken away from us, and we weren’t able to go about our day-to-day lives without them having an impact on us?
Below, I’ve listed some problems people experience when they have a problem (however minor) in their pelvic floor muscles:
- Isolation / fear of venturing out / missing social engagements / travel opportunities
- Restricted activity / no exercise
- Frequent trips to the loo
- Disturbed sleep / fatigue
- Poor sexual function
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Depression / anxiety / stress / trauma / fear
- Financial expense of purchasing incontinence products
It’s vital that if you have any pelvic floor problems, however slight, that you speak to a Medical Professional about a) getting a proper diagnosis, and b) receiving treatment to help fix it.
There are many ways of treating dysfunctions in the pelvic floor muscles, and one thing’s for certain, although childbirth and pregnancy can attribute to problems ‘down below’, it’s important that you seek advice sooner, rather than later.
In more cases than not, surgery is the last option offered. Often, it’s just poor muscle tone, issues with posture/breathing, and awareness of the muscles that needs to be addressed.
If you feel that now is the time to start focusing on fixing your pelvic floor problems, follow my step-by-step guide here which will help you locate your pelvic floor muscles and get you a flat tummy in the process.
Who doesn’t want that?!