A pelvic floor musculature that will not cause problems is one that is and will remain healthy.
It is estimated that around 40% of women between 45 and 60 years of age present one of the main disorders caused by alterations in the pelvic floor, called urinary incontinence. Among its causes is muscle weakness.
Several other problems can arise as a consequence of an unhealthy pelvic floor, such as: Pain during intercourse, problems with arousal and orgasm (40% of women report having at least 1 symptom related to sexual function), erectile dysfunction and other sexual dysfunctions, prolapse of pelvic organs, urinary retention and constipation, incontinence of gas or feces.
The pelvic floor musculature is made up of about 13 muscles and is aided by fascia and ligaments. Like any other muscle in the body, this muscle can accumulate lesions and progressively weaken or tense throughout life, failing to respond to its function over time.
A healthy intimate musculature needs to have the following properties to function well:
Even if you currently do not have any symptoms or discomfort, this does not mean that your musculature is/will remain healthy to the point of not having problems in the future, because:
1-You will age in one way or another and your musculature will follow this aging process, and may present changes, such as muscle weakness, which could have been prevented in the past;
2– You may have or have had one or more risk factors that increase the chances of having problems with the pelvic floor muscles, such as: Obesity, diabetes, smoking, chronic cough, chronic constipation, pregnancy, practice of impact exercises, menopause , pelvic surgeries.
3– It is known that 30% of women are not aware of their pelvic floor musculature, that is, they do not feel or are unaware of the movement of this musculature, or believe they know how to move, but in fact they are moving another part or another musculature of the body.
Training this musculature is the best solution to make sure that everything will always be fine! But, as in any other exercise at the gym, training the pelvic floor muscles requires persistence and precision in movements, and initial monitoring by a specialist physiotherapist is ideal: if performed incorrectly, the exercises can be harmful, causing the opposite effect to the desired .
The best thing to do is to seek out a specialized physical therapist and have your pelvic floor evaluated so you can be sure you won’t have to worry in the future! The physiotherapist will guide you and show you how to have your musculature always healthy, how to move and train it properly, according to your case, and you will be able to rest assured about your health, in the present and in the future.
If you have any symptoms, such as loss of urine when you cough or sneeze, loss of urine preceded by urgency, pain or difficulty in sexual intercourse, loss of gas or stools, feeling of heaviness in the vagina, difficulty in evacuating, difficulty in urinating, seeking a pelvic floor assessment is even more urgent, as muscle problems and symptoms only tend to get worse if left untreated!
Take care of your health and prevent your intimate region from problems!!