5 signs to help you identify a weak pelvic floor
Your pelvic floor is a key set of deep muscles situated in the pelvis. As this muscle is hidden from view, it’s easy to neglect it.
A weakened pelvic floor can cause many problems, the most common being bladder weakness. Some people have weak pelvic floor muscles from an early age, whilst others notice problems during & after key life stages such as pregnancy, childbirth or menopause.
The good news is it’s never too late to restore the strength in your pelvic floor!We’ve identified 5 common signs to help you identify whether your pelvic floor needs some attention, and how to overcome bladder leaks using INNOVO.
- Accidentally leaking urine
A common sign of a weak pelvic floor is when you find yourself accidentally leaking urine during simple everyday activities like, coughing, sneezing, laughing or during exercise. These simple movements put pressure on your bladder which leads to accidental leakage due to weak pelvic floor muscles unable to tighten enough. This kind of Urinary Incontinence is referred to as ‘Stress Incontinence’, and is the most commonly experienced form of Incontinence in women.
- Needing to go to the toilet in a hurry or not reaching it in time.
Urge Incontinence usually happens when you suddenly leak urine after feeling an urgent and immediate need to go to the loo. This particular form of incontinence is caused by the bladder muscles being either underactive or overactive
- Pain in pelvic area
Tension or problems with the pelvic floor muscles can cause pelvic pain. However, if you are feeling pain in the pelvic area you should always consult your doctor as this could also be a sign of infection.
- Reduced feeling or sensation during intercourse
Research indicates that increasing your pelvic floor fitness can and does improve sexual satisfaction for most women. Alternatively, those with a weakened or damaged pelvic floor may experience a loss of sensation. Read more about the link between bladder weakness & sexual health in our article featuring Sex & Relationships Expert, Annabelle Knight.
- Accidentally passing wind
The pelvic floor supports the bowel as well as the bladder so accidentally passing wind or the inability to hold it in is another sign of a weakened pelvic floor. This can be very embarrassing, leading to anxiety in social situations.
Sound familiar? You may be one of the 1 in 3 UK women suffering from Bladder Weakness. But don’t worry, it’s completely fixable! INNOVO®’s clinically proven, non-invasive pelvic floor exerciser is suitable for women and men and can be used in the comfort of your home. Restore your pelvic floor strength in as little as 4 weeks* and get back to living life with confidence!