5 things you might not know about your pelvic floor
A weak pelvic floor is VERY common
1 in 3 women leak urine when they laugh, cough or sneeze. What does this tell us? It's nothing to be embarrassed about! Women often put off going to the doctor about it due to the nature of the problem which perhaps explains why it takes an average of 5 years for women to seek help. Not only is it hugely common, but it's normally an easy fix with pelvic floor exercises. No one should experience that amount of anxiety and discomfort for so long!
Childbirth and Menopause aren't the only causes of a weak pelvic floor
Women are often under the impression that giving birth and going through menopause are the only real causes for weak bladder control. This is only perpetuating the idea that anyone else experiencing these problems are 'abnormal', which causes them to feel embarrassment.
Among the list of things that can lead to weaker pelvic muscles are frequent coughing (e.g. from a medical condition or smoking), constipation and even just a lack of general fitness.
Pelvic floor exercises have been around for 1000s of years
Kegel exercises (as they are better known) may have only become popular in the mid-1900s thanks to Arnold Kegel - hence the name - but they've actually been practised for far longer.
Almost 50% perform Kegel exercises incorrectly
The most common mistake made when attempting to perform kegel exercises is using the wrong muscles. Although pelvic muscle strength is linked to abdominal strength, people often get them mixed up. It's important to be able to find a comfortable position where you're able to isolate your pelvic floor, so you don't end up contracting your abs, bum or thighs instead.
It's possible to measure your progress
As with any goal, you should measure your progress at regular periods; this lets you know that you're doing your exercises correctly and safely. Elvie will not only will help you find the right routine for your body but it will also give you confidence in yourself that you're improving by providing biofeedback.
Exercise is all about frequency and safety, no matter what muscle you're training.