5 Common Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
These are some of the common symptoms:
- I sometimes pee my pants when I cough, sneeze, jump, exercise, or lift heavy objects.
- I feel like I am “looser” down there after giving birth to my child.
- I need to use artificial lubricant to have vaginal intercourse.
- I feel a heavy, fullness in my vagina that I don’t recall having until recently.
- I find my orgasm intensity is not what it used to be, and I just don’t “come” that often anymore.
All of these scenarios can be incredibly frustrating and embarrassing, yet millions of women suffer needlessly from them every day. There’s a common belief that it’s impossible to change your situation if you have any of these issues. Fortunately, that is not the case. There is a simple solution that can greatly reduce, and likely eliminate, each of them.
If any of the above descriptions apply to your life, your body is telling you that your pelvic floor muscles have weakened. You are not alone. More than 75% of women have this condition. The good news is that pelvic floor muscles can easily become strong again and provide significant relief. Kegel exercises are an excellent way to tone those muscles if done correctly. In doing so, you will be treating all of the problems listed above and/or preventing them from happening in the first place.
Urinary incontinence is extremely common, but out of embarrassment few women reveal they suffer from it. Surprisingly, bladder leakage impacts 66% of women with 40% of women experiencing initial occurrences in their 20’s. A young woman can have pelvic floor dysfunction just as easily as an older woman if the muscles are allowed to weaken.
Consider how quickly you lose tone and muscle in your legs if you’re not regularly working out. Similarly, if you rarely, or never, work out your vaginal muscles by contracting them, they will weaken and eventually become completely flaccid. Unfortunately, those muscles are needed to hold back urine. When they are weak, you can start to leak urine. Without exercise, the problem will continue to worsen. Fecal and gas leakage are also possible with continued lack of attention to pelvic floor health.
There are many reasons women refrain from strengthening the muscles in their genital region. It could be a sense of modesty, uncertainty of how to exercise those muscles, or just not understanding the importance. Whatever the reason, lack of attention to pelvic floor dysfunction can put you at risk of pelvic organ prolapse.
Organ prolapse is when the uterus, bladder, or rectum sag into the vaginal canal. More than 75% of women have some degree of pelvic organ prolapse for one or more of their pelvic organs. Exercise helps reverse the trend of sagging as long as the organ has not descended below the vaginal entrance.
Over 45% of women believe their vaginas are “looser” after giving vaginal birth. If this is a concern for you, you may no longer experience pleasant sensations during intercourse. Decreased sensitivity is a result of not having a comfortable grip on the penis during penetration. Pelvic exercise naturally and safely creates the squeeze effect, whereby you can contract the muscles creating a narrow orifice through squeezing. The same exercise reinforces the ability to relax the muscles to accommodate comfortable insertion.
Strong pelvic floor muscles can contract and relax, both of which are important for vaginal health and sexual function. The improved ability to contract the pelvic muscles noticeably enhances the intensity of orgasms. Pelvic exercise can improve your experience in many ways. After all, an orgasm is simply a muscle contraction.
Vaginal dryness is a serious issue for women that have a pelvic floor dysfunction. A typical reaction is to try artificial lubricants; however, this approach does not fix the problem. Lubricants only mask the problem temporarily, and they can introduce a new set of concerns. For example, many people do not like the stickiness, smell, or taste of artificial lubricants. There can also be a need to continually re-apply. Finally, if you run out, or simply don’t have it around at the right moment, sex may not be possible.
Dryness is often a consequence of the loss of tone and function of the tissues of the vagina. Natural lubrication improves with increased tone and strengthening of these muscles as arousal and muscle contractions become more vigorous and productive.
Sexual dysfunction not only reduces physical pleasure for both you and your partner, but can negatively affect your relationship, confidence level, and overall sense of self-worth. Without strength in the vaginal muscles that enable you to experience intense contractions, satisfaction is significantly reduced. With proper attention to the associated muscles and a regular exercise plan, you can quickly notice an increase in your sexual pleasure.
After a few weeks of kegel exercises, you may notice you can orgasm again (if the ability had waned.) You may become orgasmic in more sexual positions than before, and the length and depth of your climax may intensify. Women who use Kegelbell regularly report an uptick in climax intensity with each level of increased weight.
If you are suffering from any of the pelvic floor dysfunctions described above, take charge of your body today. You will see improvement from a regular and robust kegel training program with a device like Kegelbell in as little as two weeks. Best of all, you will be able to participate in your favorite activities with confidence again.