We hit the gym to work out our bodies and our minds. While you might notice your biceps getting bigger and your waist getting smaller, many women are forgetting about one of the most important muscle structures in their body — the pelvic floor.
Your pelvic floor muscles are located between the tailbone and the pubic bone within the pelvis, and support the bowel and bladder along with the uterus and vagina. The muscular bands encircle the urethra, vagina, and anus as they pass through the pelvic floor. When the pelvic floor muscles are contracted, the internal organs are lifted and the sphincters tighten the openings of the vagina, anus, and urethra. Relaxing the pelvic floor allows you to empty your bladder and your bowels. If those muscles are weakened, it’s difficult to support those organs and you may not be able to control your urine, feces, or gas. So, you can see why keeping your floor strong is very important. This week we discuss the causes, problems, and fixes associated with a weakening pelvic floor.
Having a weak pelvic floor is common amongst women of all backgrounds. Some may have a genetic disposition to a weakened pelvis, but for most women, it’s a situational issue. So, what are some things that cause the weakening of your pelvic floor muscles?
Though there are contraptions and short-term fixes for those that suffer from a weakened pelvic floor, the overall problems that are associated with the condition increase over time without proper care. Some of those issues include:
Prevention is the best way to keep a strong pelvic floor, but if you’re noticing any of the above symptoms, it’s best to start your exercises and do them consistently for the best results possible.
In some cases, your symptoms may not be caused by having a weak pelvic floor after all. If this is the case, contact your medical professional for a full evaluation and a specified course of treatment.
There are those time you may find that pelvic floor exercises aren’t enough. Enter Geneveve™.
Geneveve is a clinically proven non-surgical procedure that renews vaginal tissue and responsiveness. Unlike other treatments on the market, Geneveve is only a single session. It’s a safe and comfortable 30-minute procedure that is performed in our office. It’s used to improve your intimate wellness and improve vaginal laxity.
This treatment takes place in the comfort of your doctor’s office in just one session. During the procedure, a treatment tip the size of your thumb is inserted just inside the vaginal opening. The tip is rotated as it cools the surface and heats the soft tissue beneath. During the procedure, there may be a warm or cooling sensation, but you should not experience pain. Your body begins generating natural resilient collagen and elastin as a result of the treatment. Women feel the results of increased nerve sensitivity and strong muscle contractions in about 30 days and the full effect in 90. The results can last up to 12 months or longer.
Need more advice about strengthening your pelvic floor, or want more information about Geneveve™? The professionals at Miami Center of Excellence are here to guide you. Talk to us at your next appointment, or contact us to make one!