What is Your Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor is a mass of muscles, tissues, and ligaments that straddles the pubic bone and tailbone. Unlike other muscles in the human body, the pelvic floor is not often shown in common anatomy diagrams, which is perhaps why it is often unintentionally neglected.

Weakness in the pelvic floor is a very common issue in both older men and women. However, some people may experience these issues from a very early age. In women, pelvic floor weakness usually arises due to menopause, pregnancy, and childbirth. Male pelvic floor muscles are weakened often by surgery, weight gain, or heavy lifting.

Pelvic floor weakness is something that both men and women can overcome. Using Maximum Personal Trainer (MPT), for men and Feminine Personal Trainer (FPT), for women, you can quickly strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

What are the signs?

There are several signs of a weakened pelvic floor. Stress incontinence (accidental urine leakage), urge incontinence (sudden urges to use the bathroom), or fecal incontinence (accidentally passing gas or fecal matter) are all common problems associated with pelvic floor weakness. Pelvic pain or reduced sexual function are also common signs of weakness.

What are the causes?

In women, pelvic floor weakness usually arises due to menopause, pregnancy, and childbirth. Men’s pelvic floor muscles are weakened often by surgery, weight gain, or heavy lifting.

How do I overcome Pelvic Floor Weakness?

Pelvic floor weakness is something that both men and women can overcome. Using Maximum Personal Trainer (MPT), for men and Feminine Personal Trainer (FPT), for women, you can quickly strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

Accidental urine leakage (Stress incontinence)

One sign that you may have a weakened pelvic floor is the leakage of urine while exercising, laughing, sneezing, or coughing. Simple as they may seem, these common reactions pressurize your bladder. If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, can cause accidental leakage of urine, because the pelvic floor muscles are not able to adequately contract to tighten the urethra. Medically, this type of incontinence is referred to as stress incontinence.The majority of women struggling with incontinence suffer from stress incontinence.

A sudden urge to go to the bathroom (Urge Incontinence)

If there are times when you might abruptly leak urine following a sudden and immediate feeling of going to the bathroom, then you likely suffer from urge incontinence. Urge incontinence comes as a result of overactive or underactive bladder muscles.

When overactive, bladder muscles tend to hold urine for the shortest time possible. On the other hand, an underactive bladder will hold large volumes of urine without signaling you to use the restroom until it’s too late.

Accidentally Passing Gas or Fecal Matter (Fecal Incontinence)

The bowels also depend on the pelvic floor for support and proper function. Similar to the above types of incontinence, weak pelvic floor muscles may reduce the ability to control the tightening of the anus, resulting in involuntary passing of gas or even feces.

Pelvic Pain

Tension or dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles may lead to pelvic pain. If you are experiencing occasional or chronic pain, consult a doctor immediately. In both men and women, pelvic floor muscles exercises may help alleviate pain, however pelvic pain could also indicate infection and should be examined by a medical professional.

Reduced sexual function

For a majority of women, strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles can greatly improve sexual sensation. In the same way, women with a weakened pelvic floor usually have little or no sensation during intercourse. It, therefore, follows that reduced sexual sensation in women is a sign of a weakened pelvic floor.

In men, weakened pelvic floor muscles lead to erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.