What is the PeLvIC FLOOr?
Why Should We Be Talking About It?
and pain during intercourse. If you're among them, you're not alone. Here's what you can do to find relief Maybe you've heard the term "pelvic
floor" and thought it was a bit confusing. Or maybe you're very familiar with the
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ver 30 million women have pelvic floor problems like urinary incon- tinence, pelvic organ prolapse
term because you're struggling with incon- tinence, pelvic organ prolapse, or pain and discomfort during sex. If this is you, chances are good you've likely been offered very little in the way of information or options. Most docs aren't exactly well versed in this area of exper- tise, and many encourage women to resort to painful surgeries and injections -- which is why I'm bringing you an in-depth look at the pelvic floor today. We're going to explore exactly what this term means, what it looks like when issues start to arise and steps you can take to heal yourself. You are not alone! Over 30 million
women in the U.S. have experienced pel- vic floor problems. I promise that your issues with your pelvic floor are treatable and you can heal. Just don't give up. My hope is that after reading this,
you'll be inspired to heal yourself and share what I'm teaching here with other women, too.
What Is the Pelvic Floor? The pelvic floor is the core of the fe-
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male body. It is a group of muscles and tissue that support all of the organs in the pelvis, including the vagina, uterus, bowel and bladder. These muscles control urinary function, bowel movements and orgasms.
Let's just say they're an extremely important part of the female anatomy. What can go wrong with your pelvic floor? Unfortunately, all kinds of complications can arise in this group of muscles.
• Because you sit so much, they can become weak.
• They can be damaged during child- birth.
• As you age, muscles tend to weaken if you don't actively engage them regu- larly. In fact, around 40% of women aged 40 to 69 and 50% of women over 80 have symptoms of pelvic floor disorders.
Have you ever peed a little bit when
you coughed or sneezed? Then, my friend, you've experienced one of the most com- mon symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. Urinary incontinence due to a compro- mised pelvic floor can range from a few drops of urine to full-blown loss of bladder control. Some of the other symptoms that can also occur when the pelvic floor isn't in peak form include:
• Fecal incontinence • Pelvic organ prolapse (when the blad- der, uterus or rectum drop into or out of the vagina) • Painful sex
• Inability to orgasm • Difficult bowel movements • Abdominal pain • Pelvic pain • Feeling full or pressure in the pelvis • Painful urination
What Are Your Options for Treatment? A full one-quarter of women have
experienced episodes of involuntary leak- ing of urine. Over 50% of the women in the U.S. experience a degree of pelvic organ prolapse and 12% will have surgery
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