5 Myths about the Pelvic Floor
There are all kinds of taboos and myths about “down there.” Let’s dispel a few of them right now. In this post our PT, Meagen Satinsky sheds some light on five myths about the Pelvic Floor. This Saturday she is leading Beyond Kegels: Discovering Foundation & Freedom Through Your Pelvic Floor. Check it out:
1 – ‘Leaking’ urine is just a part of being a woman
Many women think it’s normal to leak a little urine…especially if they’ve been pregnant or have been through menopause. Urinary incontinence is not normal and is considered a medical condition that can be treated by a physical therapist who specializes in women’s health. Addressing things like posture, breath and a little education about your pelvic floor may just do the trick. And the sooner you pay yourself some attention, the better the outcome.
2 – Kegels are done by stopping the flow of urine
Have you ever been told by a medical professional to try doing Kegels to help address a leaky bladder or the sense of pressure in the pelvis, and then sent you on your way? It’s not half-bad advice. But how do you know whether you’re doing it right? While stopping the flow of urine may get you into the right neighborhood, it’s not quite that simple and often times a little more attention and practice is required to ensure it’s the right move for you.
3 – Doing Kegels as much as possible is the best way to strengthen your pelvic floor
There is such as thing as too much, even when it comes to strengthening muscles. In fact, contrary to popular understanding, doing too many Kegels (or pelvic floor strengthening) or squeezing too hard or in the wrong places can actually result in pelvic muscles that are so strong they forget how to relax! Think about how you feel when you’ve been under lots of pressure for a period of time with no relief. Well, your muscles feel the same way and they need a break!
4 – If sex is painful, grin and bear it
Sex should never be painful. Not if you’ve had a baby. Not if you’ve been through menopause. Not even if it’s been a while. There are various causes of pelvic pain with intercourse. There’s even a word for it: vaginismus. When pelvic floor muscles contract involuntarily and go into spasm, this can create unwanted tension in the pelvic floor. Figuring out triggers (postural or otherwise) and how to effectively relax these muscles can be a very effective tool for having fun, pain-free sex.
5 – Kegels and pelvic health are only concerns for women who have been pregnant
Pelvic health is important for everyone, regardless of age, pregnancy and birth history, sexual activity status and even sex…yes, men have a pelvic floor too, with slightly varied anatomy, of course. While there’s no question that pregnancy and birth can leave your pelvic floor feeling a bit confused, new moms aren’t the only folks who should be paying attention. Pelvic dysfunction (for example muscles that are too strong or weak) can affect things like back and hip pain, comfort and ease with sitting for long periods of time and even neck or jaw pain.
Have a question about your pelvic floor? Join Meagen for a women’s workshop to learn the basics about pelvic floor function and anatomy. You’ll learn whether weakness or tension may be a problem for you and better understand what you can do about it.
Sign Up for Beyond Kegels: Discovering Foundation & Freedom Through Your Pelvic Floor
Saturday 10/24 , 1-3:30