Your pelvic floor
The pelvic floor is the group of muscles, ligaments and tissues supporting the main organs of the lower abdomen (bladder, uterus, intestine) and provides passage through to the exterior of the body (urethra, vagina and rectum). One of the functions of the pelvic floor is to support the bladder to control urine flow. The musculature of your pelvic floor must be healthy to allow for normal functioning of your abdominal organs.
Therefore, it is important that women maintain good internal muscle tone throughout their life.
The Pelvic Floor and its Role in Controlling Bladder Leaks
Pelvic Floor Weakening
Pelvic floor weakening is a loss of tone of the muscles, ligaments and tissues supporting the bladder, uterus and intestine.
Effects of Pelvic Floor Weakening
- Urinary stress incontinence: involuntary leakage of a variable quantity of urine caused by a pressure on the bladder, for example while coughing, sneezing, laughing, or even jumping, dancing or walking. This is the most common type of urinary incontinence (over 50% of cases).
- Prolapse: drop down of the uterus, bladder or rectum. These conditions may require a surgical procedure.
- Diminished sexual sensitivity and reduced quality of sexual relations.