Up to a third of women will experience a problem with their pelvic floor at some point in their lifetime.”
The most common problems
The most common problems are urinary incontinence — which can range from mild [leaking a little when you laugh or run, for instance] to severe — and pelvic organ collapse.
“The pelvic floor also has a role in sexual pleasure, stability of the pelvis and lower back, maintaining bowel continence, and assists in labour by helping the baby’s head turn”
While the effects of pregnancy and childbirth are most commonly associated with pelvic floor dysfunction, it’s something that can affect anybody — chronic constipation, high-impact exercise, heavy lifting, being overweight, chronic cough and menopause can also be associated, while injuries and chronic health conditions affecting this region may also play a part. If you’re concerned about performing any exercises, you always ask a physio or specialist for advice.
And don’t worry if you think you’ve left it too late, and have already started experiencing signs of a weak pelvic floor — it’s never too late to start.