Barriers to doing your pelvic floor muscle exercises (and how to overcome them)
The aim of this list is to challenge logic commonly used and expose its faults.
Reasons why you can’t do your pelvic floor muscle exercises
- You’re much too busy to add pelvic floor muscles exercises into your daily routine. (In fact, you’re considering eliminating brushing your teeth, flossing, doing the dishes, hovering, showering, sleeping, drinking water, because you’re THAT busy.)
- It’s much easier (less stressful and cost efficient) for you to buy pads (for the rest of your life) than it is to spend a couple minutes a day exercising your pelvic floor muscles.
- You’d rather live in fear of having accidents (for the rest of your life) than speak to anyone about it, let alone seek help from your GP.
- You’d prefer to stop exercising all together than exercise the one muscle group that makes it possible to move freely without fear of leaking.
- We could continue like this for days but we think you get the idea…
Bottom line – it’s not easy!
Pelvic muscles are hidden
It’s not something we talk about
This adds a level of social stigma and reinforces hiding the issue rather than openly talking about it and seeking help – like you would for other muscular issues like a strained back or injured calf.
Everyone has a pelvic floor
So if your pelvic floor isn’t doing its job, that’s okay! It happens to a lot of people. In fact, at least one in three women will experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. And one in ten men leak too. It can affect anyone with a pelvis.
Make exercise a priority (like brushing your teeth)
If you’re experiencing leaks or have lost confidence in your pelvic floor, take care of yourself and ask for help from your GP or a specialist pelvic health physiotherapist.
P.S. There are physiotherapists out there who specialise in helping people regain confidence in their pelvic floor! We’ve even started a directory of UK pelvic health physios to help you find one nearby.