Pelvic floor muscles, what do they do?

Are you confused about the function of the pelvic floor muscles (PFM’s) and how to keep them healthy.

Most women know the importance of core strengthening for health and long-term well-being, but the pelvic floor is also an important group of core muscles, which tend to get ignored.

Healthy PFM’s are needed to…

  • Prevent bladder and bowel leaks
  • Support the growing uterus
  • Prevent pelvic organ descent (prolapse)
  • Work with core muscles to support the spine
  • Enhance sexual sensation

Pelvic floor problems can be due to…

  • Regular straining to empty the bowel
  • Constant coughing
  • Weight of baby and fluids during pregnancy
  • Muscle damage and interventions used during birth
  • Work involving regular heavy lifting
  • Excessive abdominal workouts or over challenging exercise
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Hysterectomy and some pelvic surgery
  • Less oestrogen after menopause
  • Infection and pain

Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) is usually advised as a first line treatment option for bladder or bowel dysfunction and pelvic organ prolapse but many women report not feeling confident to perform these correctly.

We run regular workshops for women in PFMT and can refer you to specialist if more help is needed.

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