Why do we need to do pelvic floor exercises?

Much like your arm, leg or abdominal muscles, the pelvic floor muscles can be trained and strengthened with a regular exercise programme.

Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can help you:

  • improve bladder and bowel control
  • reduce the likelihood of accidentally leaking
  • reduce the risk of prolapse
    • in women, this may be felt as a bulge in the vagina or a feeling of heaviness, discomfort, pulling, dragging or dropping
    • in men, this may be felt as a bulge in the rectum or a feeling of needing to use their bowels but not actually needing to go
  • improve recovery from childbirth and gynaecological surgery (in women)
  • improve recovery after prostate surgery (in men)
  • increase sexual sensation and orgasmic potential, and
  • increase social confidence and quality of life.

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