Help with pelvic floor weakness?

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  1. WaterGal

    WaterGal Master of Arts

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    Since I hit my mid-30s, I've started having problems during certain exercises with, well, feeling like I'm going to pee. So far it's just a feeling, but I'd like to prevent it from getting worse! I've heard this is a common problem women have as we get older, especially among moms (though I'm not one), and that it's caused by weakness of the pelvic floor muscles. I exercise regularly, but clearly am not hitting these muscles and need to be. Do any of you ladies have any advice on how I can fix this, or at least prevent it from getting worse?
     
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    Do a little reading on kegels. Start there, but if that doesn't resolve your problem, consult a urologist. It may be more than just weak muscles.

    Note: I am not a woman. Nor did I sleep at a Holiday Inn Express. But I do have a wee (pun unintended, but pretty darn good) bit of medical background.
     
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    I’m not a woman either. But what Dirty Dog said - kegels. My wife started developing issues right after our first child was born. The day after we came home from the hospital, she started picking up stuff that was heavier than the baby, as the doctor advised directly against for a few weeks. Sure enough, incontinence. Happened infrequently, but often enough to say so. Doctor recommended kegels. Did she listen to her? Of course not. Does she listen to anything I say? Of course not. Did see listen to me when I asked my urologist who specializes in female pelvic floor stuff and told her what he said? Of course not.

    Rant over. I’m trying to get out of this mood.

    Kegels will help. So long as you do them. If you’re doing them and they don’t help, see a urologist. And yes, I have medical training and practice too.
     
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    Hey Watergal, am not female, but it may in fact be the opposite that's occurring for you. I've had pelvic pain/tension issues for awhile now, and it very well can create the feeling of needing to urinate. In early days of having it the feeling was sooo strong, and my bladder felt so full all the time, but everytime I went to the toilet, nothing much at all would come out.

    So my condition is that the pelvic muscles are actually too TIGHT, and need relaxing. So kegels are the opposite of what to do if that is the case. However if they are too weak, kegels will help.

    But I'd highly recommend seeing a pelvic physiotherapist (which is very specialised physiotherapy and a whole other subject of training compared to usual physio) to see what the issue is exactly. I spent alooot of times with doctors and in hospitals and getting no answer except urological theories (which were not the case), so at pelvic physiotherapy they can actually do an ultrasound of the pelvic muscles and see what's happening from their perspective. But up to you which avenue to take, even the docs is still worth checking out :)
     
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    Hi, I am Female in my mid 30s and believe me, this is a tough one to pump through!
    Look up perimenopause. This is my struggle amongst other symptoms slowing my fitness down.
    A lot of your on the floor ab workouts will also strengthen your kegels. I am like yoga like so:


    Good luck!
     
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    Adriene is awesome, we're fans of her over here :)
     

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