Your pelvic floor is pretty amazing. You’re welcome 🙂
If you are a mother and gave birth vaginally, it has performed some pretty amazing things.
If you are like me and gave birth via caesarean section, your pelvic floor is rocking too because it had to support that baby during those nine months. (and then we had major abdominal surgery – no small fete)
And if you’re not a mother, well then, I’m kind of jealous of your pelvic floor because you just get to have fun. 😉
Jokes aside, the pelvic floor is not just your vagina. In fact, it’s SO MUCH MORE.
The pelvic floor consists of a combination of muscles, tissues and tendons that start from the front of the pelvis, wrap underneath and attach to the bony prominences of the pelvis and insert at the bottom of the spine. It has a very big job of supporting your uterine organs, controlling continence (whether or not you can make it to the bathroom) AND also supports your pelvis and spine.
But the biggest thing that people don’t know is the pelvic floor is the foundation of your core and is anticipatory in nature. In other words, it contracts and supports you nano seconds before you go into movement – this happens, unless, there is a dysfunction or loss of synergy with your pelvic floor.
A loss of function is normal when you get what the media calls “light bladder leakage”.
I call a duck a duck and call it INCONTINENCE because that’s what it is and no pantyliners in the world will stop it unless you intervene.
Stats tell us that 1 in 3 women who give birth vaginally after the age of 30 leak urine. Add more babies, age, blah blah blah and you can see where this is going.
Stats also say that once you hit menopause, 50% of women will have some degree of pelvic organ prolapse. I won’t get too technical, but this when your uterine organs descend into your vagina and for some, even come out.
Scary stuff right?
The scariest thing is that it’s happening more and more to younger women who ignore early signs in an effort to get back into fitness.
The fact is, you NEED your pelvic floor more than it needs you and there is so much you can do to be proactive in your pelvic health so you don’t become a statistic.
Make pelvic health part of your fitness routine and if you are able, seek the help of a pelvic floor physiotherapist.
I promise, you will be glad you did.