Like any other muscles in the body, pelvic floor muscles need strength training in order to function properly. Pelvic floor muscles have several important functions, but they are most involved in supporting sexual function/reproduction and controlling the bladder and bowels.
Exercising abs, biceps and legs pays off with a trim physique, but why would anyone exercise muscles no one sees? Weak pelvic muscles can result in incontinence issues, pelvic organ prolapse and painful pregnancies for expecting mothers. While there are several effective treatment methods and surgical procedures to reverse the damage, taking preventative measures is considerably easier, quicker and much less uncomfortable.
Pelvic muscles weaken and become less effective for a variety of reasons. It’s true that growing older can put additional stress on the muscles, but women of all ages can run into issues with poor pelvic support. Pregnancy and childbirth are extremely hard on the pelvic muscles. Ideally, women who are attempting to conceive should begin a daily kegel regimen to prepare the muscles for the months ahead due to the strain a growing baby can put on the pelvic floor.
Staying physically fit and active in all regards will make for a shortened recovery period and easier delivery when the baby is born. Being overweight or obese, frequent constipation, heavy weight lifting and inactive lifestyles can also negatively affect the pelvic floor.
Whether you are preparing for pregnancy, gearing up for menopause or simply looking to strengthen your core, kegels are an easy go-to activity for prime pelvic workouts. What are kegels? Kegel exercises target the pelvic floor muscles and improve bladder control by contracting and strengthening the same muscles used to urinate. Without breaking a sweat, you can make a huge difference in your pelvic floor strength just by adding these tiny contractions to your daily routine. Set up an appointment with one of our urologists today to learn more!