Did you know that 24% of US women suffer from pelvic floor disorders according to the National Institute of Health? Every person’s pelvic floor comprises a variety of pelvic floor muscles including the coccygeus muscle, the levator ani and the connective tissue beneath the pelvis. It separates an individual’s pelvic cavity and the perineum.

How is Pelvic Floor Structured?

A narrow gap which transmits the anal canal, vagina and urethra separates the levator ani from the pelvic floor. It has three parts namely; iliococcygeus, puborectalis, and pubococcygeus. The pubococcygeus is the central portion running from the pubis to the coccyx.

During parturition, a doctor inserts some fibers into the vagina, prostate, and urethra which may damage the pubococcygeus. Coccygeus located after the levator ani. It extends from your ischial spine to the coccyx and sacrum’s lateral margin.

What Weakens the Pelvic Floor Muscles?

Pelvic floor muscles are crucial. They weaken due to various reasons including the pelvic floor’s stretching during childbirth. When delivering a child weighing more than 8 pounds, an obstetrician uses forceps. At times, they could tear your pelvic floor hence weakening the muscles.

Also, persistent constipation can severely weaken your pelvic floor. Most doctors recommend men and women to perform various pelvic floor exercises. They are appropriate for women during childbirth, pregnancy and after delivery.

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a health condition in which one is unable to control their pelvic floor muscles to trigger bowel movements adequately. People suffering from the dysfunction usually contract their muscles instead of relaxing. Therefore, they have partial bowel movements. Also, the muscles firmly support various organs such as the bladder, rectum, and uterus.

One can control their bladder and bowel movements by relaxing and contracting their muscles. Trauma injuries are among the leading causes of pelvic floor dysfunction. They could result from an accident or challenges during normal childbirth.

What are some Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

A variety of symptoms may indicate that you have a pelvic floor dysfunction. If you notice any of them, you should promptly consult a certified physician. However, some signs may mean different health conditions. It’s essential to have a thorough physical examination.

Some distinct pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms include:

  • Being unable to have a complete bowel movement.
  • Constipation or excruciating pain when having bowel movements.
  • Frequent urination which could be painful.
  • Persistent pain in a person’s lower back region.

Having strong pelvic floor muscles aid in preventing prolapsed. PeriCoach helps you contract your muscles properly. Also, we pair our device with our clients’ smartphones thus allowing them to see their muscles contracting. The FDA has cleared our pelvic floor muscle training service. Contact us today to book an appointment.

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