What do you know about your pelvic floor?
Take the quiz below and check your answers below.
True or false:
- To exercise the pelvic floor, you should stop your wee midstream
- Men and women need strong and functional pelvic floors
- Everyone knows how to isolate and exercise the pelvic floor – it’s easy.
- Your pelvic floor can never be too strong – work it baby!
- My pelvic floor will never be the same after I’ve had a baby.
- A strong and functional pelvic floor can improve sex
- Pelvic floor exercises are only for woman who have had babies
- Pilates is a good way to help strengthen the pelvic floor
1. False – To exercise the pelvic floor, you should stop your wee midstream
This isn’t a good way to exercise the pelvic floor. It can cause urinary tract infections and sends mixed messages to the bladder.
Sometimes isolating the pelvic floor can be a bit tricky and frequently people engage their butt, tummy or inner thighs instead or as well as their pelvic floor.
It is possible to have a pelvic floor that is too tight. Knowing how to release the pelvic floor is as important as knowing how to engage and strengthen it.
In most cases, you can retrain your pelvic floor. If you find it difficult to contract or relax your pelvic floor, you may wish to see a women’s health physio who can help you find your pelvic floor.
For women, the vaginal walls are layered with the pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor exercises tone and strengthen these muscles, improving blood supply and nerve activity, all leading to greater pleasure.
Maintaining a strong pelvic floor is important regardless of age or gender. There are a number of risk factors that can weaken the pelvic floor including pregnancy, gynaecological surgery, obesity, urinary tract infections, constipation, prolonged coughing, high impact exercise and lifting heavy objects.
How many did you get right?