The Pelvic Floor: What is it and Why Should I Exercise it?

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If the pelvic floor muscles are weakened, this can cause urinary or faecal incontinence. The loss of urine or faeces as an adult carries significant societal taboos. So strong is the taboo that people living with incontinence may have a negative body image and feel socially isolated.

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The pelvic floor is a sheet of muscles that extends from the coccyx (tail bone) to the pubic bone at the front of the body. This forms a platform between the legs and, as the name suggests, provides a floor to support the bladder and bowel. The pelvic floor muscles also help to control the urethra and anus - allowing for the passage of urine and faeces out of the body. Female pelvic floor muscles also support the womb.


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Zoe Hughes
Zoe is a copywriter and blogger from the UK. Once working as an Operating Department Practitioner in a busy Orthopaedic theatre suite specialising in regional anaesthetic techniques, she now writes for the health industry due to disability. Using the education and skills learned as a nurse, along with the experience of being disabled – Zoe is passionate about helping health professionals communicate better with their patients via social media, blogs and websites. In her spare time, Zoe is a governor at her local primary school, and is writing a play about invisible illness.
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29 Sep 2020
Great learning
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22 Jul 2022
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Quick and easy to understand
Sandesh Chand
22 Sep 2023
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This exercise must be included in our regular exercise.
Safal Shrestha
22 Sep 2023
Very informative
Karan Morrisey
03 Mar 2021
Excellent resource easy to follow succinct
Riley Parkinson
10 Jan 2022
This was a quick and easy read with very relevant and useful information about the pelvic floor and the importance of pelvic floor exercises.
Glenda Goodwin
24 Sep 2022
Good information
Nidhi Cody
21 Oct 2020
Easy to read and follow through along with reference for further reading.
Shipei Zhu
11 Nov 2020
clear and easy.
Shannen Strusi
24 Sep 2023
I will use this in my own life and educate other people. Very good read.
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