Pelvic floor Muscles

What are Pelvic Floor Muscles?

Your pelvic floor muscles (Kegel muscles) are the sling of muscles at the base of your pelvis that support your pelvic organs, help maintain bladder and bowel control and maintain healthy sexual function.

These muscles are affected by any increase in pressure in the abdomen eg. Pregnancy, childbirth, lifting heavy objects including weight lifting, abdominal or pelvic surgery, chronic constipation, or a chronic cough.

Did you know that one in three women who have ever had a baby leak urine to some degree at various times.  Incontinence is therefore a common condition but it is important to know something can be done to help.

What can be done?

  • Learn where these muscles are and how to use them
  • Abdominal ultrasound is a non-invasive way to visualize these muscles and help you contract them. This is called “Biofeedback”
  • Specific exercises will help strengthen these muscles
  • Education on how to use these muscles in your daily activities
  • Advice on preventing further weakness of these muscles