Incontinence. Constipation. Back pain. Dissatisfying sex.
What do these unpleasant things have in common?
Well, they're all possible symptoms of pelvic floor weakening or damage.
Pelvic floor issues are more common than many may think. They're particularly common in women who've given birth.
Fortunately, this can be solved by doing simple pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegels.
Wondering if you should try these for yourself? We might be able to help you decide that as today, we'll show you some of the best benefits of working your pelvic floor.
A Quick Explainer on the Pelvic Floor
Before anything else, let's talk a little about the pelvic floor.
Your pelvic floor muscles run from the end of your pubic bone to the base of your spine.
That's why they're called a "floor" - they essentially support your pelvic organs, from the bladder to the womb.
As you may expect, pregnancy puts a lot of strain on the pelvic floor.
Between the weight of the baby and the fact that some women get an episiotomy (a cut to the pelvic floor) during childbirth to make the baby's delivery easier, pelvic floor damage is fairly common for mothers.
As we stated earlier, weak pelvic floor muscles can also cause sexual difficulties such as reduced vaginal sensation. This is because sexual sensation and arousal are usually contributed by voluntary contractions (squeezing) of your pelvic floor muscles.
As we stated earlier, this can lead to a host of problems, such as sexual issues, where vaginal sensation gets reduced which are usually contributed by as voluntary contractions (squeezing) of the pelvic floor contribute to sexual sensation and arousal.
It can also lead to stress urinary incontinence - which means you may urinate even from just doing things like laughing or jumping.
That's because the pelvic floor muscles aren't strong enough or in the right place to support the bladder anymore.
How to Get Your Pelvic Floor Back in Shape
Now, there are many ways to fix pelvic floor problems. These range from exercise to surgery.
Generally, though, regular exercise of the affected muscles is enough.
It's also easier and certainly involves fewer risks than surgery. Invasive solutions are typically the last resort for most people.
5 Benefits of Working Out Your Pelvic Floor
If you're still undecided about whether or not pelvic floor exercises are worth it, let's go over some benefits.
Bear in mind too that pelvic floor exercises typically take only five minutes.
That means you can reap a lot of rewards for fairly low time investment, as you'll see here.
1. Improve Urinary Continence
This just means that pelvic floor exercises can help you improve bladder control.
It's easy to see why. These muscles are responsible for holding back accidental leakage of urine.
Strengthening them thus helps reduce issues like peeing when you don't intend to, such as when you laugh or sneeze.