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Incontinence, Prolapse & Pelvic Floor Health


Pelvic Floor Health.

This is my very first ‘proper’ blog!  I hope you enjoy.

Have you ever heard the rumour that if you sneeze 6 times in a row, you orgasm?  Well guess what, I’ve managed to sneeze 6 times in a row, and man I wish that were true.  The actual results of my sneezing attack were devastating, and have impacted on my quality of life ever since.  Here is my story and what I have learned about pelvic floor health since that day.

FYI: I think all women should read what I’ve written in this article, because 77% of women will have a pelvic organ prolapse at some stage in their lives – and most of them will have incontinence.  The medical world believe that surgery is the only way to deal with prolapse, but once a woman has had surgery (including a hysterectomy) she has a 500% greater chance than the rest of the population to go on and develop a further prolapse.  Prolapses and stress incontinence are largely preventable with the tips I have shared below. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Strengthen those pelvic floors – without Kegals


You Don’t Know Squat

Are you ready World?  In the next few years, you are going to be hearing more and more about the health benefits of the squat.  Just like the barefoot movement I blogged about yesterday, the “squat movement” is going to happen in a big way, once everyone realizes that your Pelvic Floor, Hip, and Knee health require regular squatting.  If you haven’t squatted in the last million years (besides the two times you went camping and peed on your shoe), it’s going to take awhile to prepare your joints.  Be patient, it’s worth it.  Those of you with knee and hip replacements are going to have to stick to the first few exercises and avoid the weight bearing squat.  The artificial equipment is not designed to have the same ranges of motion as real joints.  Bummer, I know.  (To stave off surgeries of the hips and knees, start this program now!) Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Aaaagh! I’ve wet myself again (Part 2)


These are the original articles I read to understand how to fix my ‘issues’. Oh, and for you Aussies who don’t know Kegals are the same as pelvic floor exercises.

WHY KEGELS DON’T WORK
http://wholewoman.com/blog/?p=118

by Christine Kent on April 8, 2009

The concept that prolapse and incontinence can be improved by doing ‘reps’ of classic pelvic floor contractions is anatomically false.

Arnold Kegel, a gynecologist practicing in the middle of the 20th century, was the first to place women on their backs and instruct them to contract their pubococcygeus muscles around his fingers. Kegel also developed the perineometer to measure the strength of pelvic floor contractions. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Aaaagh! Wet myself again! (Part 1)


Well, I haven’t, but I wet myself an awful lot when I was pregnant – like 5 times a day. And then all of a sudden, by learning some simple techniques, I fixed my incontinence problem. Just like that. Here’s some articles that explain how.  Oh, and for you Aussies who don’t know Kegals are the same as pelvic floor exercises.

Monday, May 17, 2010
Pelvic Floor Party: Kegels are NOT invited.
http://mamasweat.blogspot.com/2010/05/pelvic-floor-party-kegels-are-not.html
Recently I met a woman who told me she used to be a runner. Naturally, I asked: Why don’t you still run? The answer: “Because 60 hours of labor with my first child and a forceps delivery ruined my desire to run anymore.”

To sum up for those who still may not infer the problem: She pees her pants when she picks up the pace.

My friends and I joke about sneeze pee, jumping jack pee, trampoline pee, and other bladder challenges. But full blown incontinence is no laughing matter. I’m a firm believer that a strong pelvic floor is the answer to incontinence (although pharmaceutical companies and surgeons often try to persuade people with other remedies). A strong pelvic floor, I’ve learned, not only makes the difference between wet and dry running shorts, but also keeps me running pain-free: I no longer suffer from the back and hip problems that used to plague me. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 
 
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