Is There a Connection Between Bloating and Pelvic Floor Health?

There’s a lot of reasons you might be bloated. Maybe it was the pizza you had last night with your kids, or the beer you drank with your partner at the big game. Perhaps it’s a result of longstanding medical issues, like celiac disease or general gluten intolerance. You might have IBS. But of all the traditional reasons we consider when we’re bloated, there’s one most people haven’t thought of yet: poor pelvic floor health.

According to a recent story by the New York Times, patients with significant constipation, who experience bloating as a result, might be linked to pelvic floor dysfunction. 

According to the story, “Infrequent stool, straining or feeling like you haven’t ever quite “fully emptied can also contribute to bloating. These symptoms may result from improper coordination of the pelvic floor, which can be improved with specialized physical therapy.”

In some ways, it’s a chicken or the egg situation. Are you constipated because you have a weak pelvic floor? Or does constipation lead to poor pelvic floor health? Beth Israel Medical Center argues the latter. According to its study on constipation, “pelvic floor muscle strength is important for both bowel and bladder control. Chronic straining from constipation can lead to weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, excessive stress on pelvic organs and nerves, as well as bladder dysfunction and recurring accidental bowel leakage.”

What’s more, the Mayo Clinic states that as many as 50 percent of people with chronic constipation have pelvic floor dysfunction, meaning impaired coordination of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles during evacuation. It reports that “straining, hard or thin stools, and a feeling of incomplete elimination are common signs....but because constipation can overlap with PFD, some patients may also present with other signs and symptoms, such as long time between bowel movements and abdominal pain.”

To help patients restore normal bowel function and lessen bloating, Mayo Clinic recommends intensive pelvic floor retraining, which is where INNOVO  comes in. INNOVO is the first FDA-cleared, non-invasive pelvic floor technology that strengthens the pelvic floor from the source. Using our proprietary Multipath technology, INNOVO builds back the muscles responsible for good pelvic floor health in just 12 weeks. With proper pelvic floor health, you’ll lessen your chances of constipation and bloating.