If you asked a room full of people what their pelvic floor is, chances are you’d be met with several blank stares. The irony of this is your pelvic floor (a key set of deep muscles situated in the pelvis) plays an essential role in your body’s everyday functions. However, because so many are unaware of its existence, symptoms of its weakened state often go unrecognized.
Here are five common signs your pelvic floor may need strengthening:
Accidental Bladder Leaks
Do you find yourself leaking during even the most ordinary moments, like when you’re coughing, laughing, or sneezing? How about when you’re exercising or simply lifting something heavy? If the answer is yes, chances are you’re battling Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)—a type of incontinence brought on by movements that place additional pressure on the bladder. SUI is the most prevalent form of incontinence among females—affecting an estimated 15 million adult women in the United States—and can trigger an unintentional loss of urine that ranges from a few drops to a large flow.
Trouble Making it to the Restroom
An urgent, uncontrollable feeling of needing to use the bathroom on a regular basis is an indicator of urge incontinence, also known as an overactive bladder (OAB). This happens when the signals from your brain to your bladder aren’t working correctly, causing your bladder to contract when it shouldn’t and allowing urine to leak through the muscles that work to hold it closed.
This uncomfortable symptom occurs when your pelvic floor muscles are too tense and unable to relax, leading to pain often felt in the lower abdomen, groin, or lower back. While pelvic discomfort can be a sign of a weak pelvic floor, it’s important to note that this symptom can also be a sign of something more serious and your doctor should be immediately consulted.
Reduced Sensation During Sex
If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, your ability to reach your peak potential of full sexual satisfaction lessens greatly. That’s because the strength of your pelvic floor muscles dictates how responsive they are. When these muscles are at their peak strength, they can close more tightly and amplify your sensation by creating more friction.
In addition to supporting your bladder, your pelvic floor also supports your bowels. A strong pelvic floor allows you to hold your external anal sphincter tightly closed, in turn preventing the release of any gas. However, a lack of strength reduces your ability to do so, which can lead to the embarrassing passing of wind.
A Safe, Clinically-Proven Solution
These aforementioned symptoms may be inconvenient and at times embarrassing, but the good news is INNOVO is clinically proven to strengthen your pelvic floor. All it requires is that you slip on a pair of non-invasive, form-fitting shorts outfitted with a set of eight integrated electrodes for just 30 minutes a day, five days a week for 12 weeks in the comfort of your own home. These shorts will use gentle stimulation to effortlessly strengthen and re-educate your entire network of pelvic floor muscles through the delivery of 180 perfect Kegels over each 30-minute session.
Unconvinced? Studies have shown that in as little as four weeks, 80% of INNOVO users saw a significant improvement in just 4 weeks, while 87% were defined as either dry or almost dry after 12 weeks. Additionally, 98% of physicians would recommend this FDA-cleared solution and 90% of users would recommend it to others.