This is not just a Mom problem!
Pelvic floor dysfunction can present itself with symptoms such as painful sex, trouble inserting a tampon, fecal, or urinary incontinence. These are clues that the pelvic floor is not doing its job but sometimes no symptoms are present. Although with the demands of pregnancy on the women's body some symptoms may arise.
Teenagers, women who have not had children, women in menopause, and men also experience pelvic floor dysfunction.
So what can we do?
I always recommend starting with a pelvic floor physical therapist. This is a special kind of PT who can evaluate the status of the pelvic floor and initiate a process of neuromuscular retraining.
Then from there, we need to rethink working muscles in isolation (I.e., doing kegels alone). As Julie Wiebe says, The core is a team of muscles that need to work together. This "team" consists of your diaphragm, transverse abs, and your pelvic floor.
Next we check your alignment and breathing. We need them working in a coordinated action. This is key.
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