Pelvic Floor Muscle Weakness
Pelvic floor muscle weakness is a treatable problem that can be managed by a physiotherapist and is a distressing problem as it leads to urinary and faecal incontinence.
Risk factors for weakness include pregnancy, menopause, obesity, constipation and urogynaecological surgery.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises are best taught by a Continence and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist. A thorough explanation of the exercises and teaching involving an internal examination vaginally or rectally ensures that you are performing the exercises correctly. Incorrect technique such as pushing down with a pelvic floor contraction can exacerbate problems.
Regular practice of pelvic floor exercises will help improve your control over bladder and bowel function, reduce the risk of prolapse, help you recover better from surgery and increase sexual sensation and orgasm potential.