Do you think you can train your pelvic floor by cutting the flow of urine each time you go to toilet?
Do you think that it is too late to care about your pelvic floor as you have already given birth and the damage is done?
Or you are a man who thinks pelvic floor exercisers don't apply to you?
Here we discuss the biggest myths about the pelvic floor and reveal the truth between fact and fiction.
Myth: Men do not have pelvic floor.
Men DO have pelvic floor muscles. And just as with women, these muscles can be trained to improve bladder control.
Myth: I have already given birth…the damage is done.
Just because you had a baby doesn’t mean you should settle for pelvic floor dysfunction. Postnatal pelvic floor muscle exercises have been shown to assist in the recovery of pelvic floor muscle function and to reduce or cure the likelihood of urinary incontinence in women who have had instrumental births or big babies.
Myth: I can train my pelvic floor by cutting the flow of urine each time I go to toilet.
Many people believe that pelvic floor muscle exercises are done by stopping the flow of urine midstream each time you got to toilet. Stopping the flow of urine on the toilet is a great way of identifying the pelvic floor muscles. But, it is not an exercise.
Myth: I don't need to exercise my pelvic floor muscles.
The majority of the population doesn't even know what a pelvic floor is. And those who are aware have never stopped to think ensure that everything is in proper working order. Not only does a strong pelvic floor reduce the risk of incontinence, it can also increase sexual satisfaction and help avoid erectile dysfunction in men.
Everyone can benefit from doing pelvic floor exercises both as a solution and preventative measure.
MYTH: Urinary incontinence is a normal part of aging.
While it’s not uncommon to leak a little as we get older, it’s not a ‘normal’ part of the aging process. Your bladder just needs to be trained and exercised, like any other muscle.
MYTH: Surgery is the only cure.
As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications and side effects. Furthermore, the results may not be permanent and the surgery may have to be repeated. Unless it's deemed necessary by your doctor, wouldn't you prefer to try safe, effective, and non surgical before going under the knife?
MYTH: The only option is to use pads or adult diapers.
Pads are not your only option. Exercising bladder control is a proven treatment solution as it focuses on the root of the problem rather than just the symptom. A pelvic floor exerciser is the most simple and effective solution to tighten your pelvic floor muscles. A strong pelvic floor is one way to keep your bladder from leaking.
Myth: Exercising these muscles doesn't work.
There is extensive scientific evidence that supports the effectiveness of pelvic floor exercises, when done properly.
If you are doing your pelvic floor exercises regularly and do not notice any significant difference in your bladder or bowel control, there is a possibility that you are not doing them correctly.
Myth: Pelvic floor exercises are very easy to perform.
You may be surprised to know that 50% of the women do not know how to do pelvic floor exercises correctly. And performing the exercises the wrong way will not help and could even make the problem worse.
It is about contraction and relaxation, but the pelvic floor muscles are complicated and it's not always easy to isolate them. A majority of women end up contracting other muscles along with pelvic muscles like butt, abdomen, tummy etc.
In this respect electric pelvic floor exercisers can help. Pelvic Floor Exercisers send a gentle stimulation to your pelvic floor through a vaginal probe, exercising your pelvic floor muscle for you and enabling you to develop your own muscle control.
Adapted from TensCare Ltd., the manufacturer of Elise. Originally posted August 25, 2016.