Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor exercises help to strengthen the muscles that lie at the bottom of the pelvis. These muscles are responsible for supporting the internal organs, including the womb, bladder and rectum. If these muscles become weak or damaged during childbirth, then the support for the internal organs is reduced. This can lead to urinary problems including incontinence. It can also cause vaginal prolapse, bowel trouble and sexual problems.
Pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen your muscles so that they can give your organs support again. This can improve your bladder control and improve or stop any leakage.
Pelvic floor exercises are usually easy to learn when supervised by one of our trained Continence Advisors or Physiotherapists. It is important to be shown the "knack" of doing effective pelvic floor exercises properly because if they are done incorrectly they will not work or may even make things worse. Your Continence Advisor will be able to give you extra help with biofeedback or electrical stimulation which are ways of making the exercises easier to learn.
Do not expect instantaneous results!
It will take several weeks of regular exercise to regain the strength in your pelvic floor muscles. You need to continue to do your pelvic floor exercises for the rest of your life. If you stop exercising, your problems may return.