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What's My Pelvic Floor Anyway?

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What's My Pelvic Floor Anyway?You may have even guessed that you have a pelvic floor and have at least a vague idea of where it is. But unless you’ve had some problems with it, you may not know exactly what it is or why it’s important. And you may be completely unaware that menopause can wreck havoc on it.

Let’s start with the basics.

What’s a pelvic floor?

The ligaments, muscles, connective tissues, and nerves that span the bottom of your pelvis are known as the pelvic floor. They form a sling or hammock that supports your pelvic organs: uterus, bladder, small intestine, rectum, and vagina.

Why is it important?

Your pelvic floor is important for a number of reasons. If it’s strong, it helps you have control of your bowels and bladder. You’re able to hold in urine and fecal matter until you’re sitting on the toilet.

A strong pelvic floor also plays a role in intimacy. It’s needed for response and sexual pleasure involving the vagina. It can also aid in comfort during penetration and help with the intensity of orgasms.

Having a strong pelvic floor also helps your self-esteem, even if you don’t realize it. Without a strong pelvic floor, you can experience urinary and fecal incontinence which can lead to accidents that would be embarrassing, especially in public or during intercourse.

You also need a strong pelvic floor to keep all of your pelvic organs in place. If your pelvic floor is weak, you may experience pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD).

What should I do about it?

Now that you know about your pelvic floor, you need to do what you can to keep it strong. Like the rest of your body, exercising regularly, eating well, and following a healthy lifestyle are important for your pelvic floor.

But there’s more. You need to know your risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunction so you can work to minimize them. You can also do pelvic floor exercises, like Kegels, to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. In addition, if you’ve reached menopause, you need to consider whether or not hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is right for you because estrogen plays a key role in the health of your pelvic floor.

Make an appointment to sit down and talk to your doctor today about your pelvic floor. She can help you assess your risks and develop a plan to keep your pelvic floor as healthy and strong as possible.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-14-2017 - 04:07 PM


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