What do you know about your pelvic floor?

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What do you know about your pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is neither a new concept nor a newly discovered area in the body. While more and more adults care about the health of both themselves and their children, there is still incredibly serious ignorance about this issue and various legends continue to spread.

Whether you have children or not, whether you have many years to menopause or have been in menopause for many years, it does not matter! We are all trying to be physically active in some way, and some of us are determined and they achieve it. For this purpose, we do various sports according to our interests.

Especially pilates or yoga practitioners often hear “pelvic floor muscles”. So what are these pelvic floor muscles? Let's recognize this region, which is important enough to play a key role in most of our vital functions, even if you are not aware of it.

The pelvic floor is located at the base of our pelvis area and covers the entire floor from front to back (from the pubis to the coccyx).

It helps support the pelvic organs. Just like a hammock or basket, it carries bladder, uterus, and large intestine. One of its most important duties is to use it actively in sexual intercourse.

But few women (and even fewer men) know where these muscles are located, what their functions are, and what they can do to control the muscles that make up the pelvic floor.

Functions of the pelvic floor muscles
Often, we are not aware of their true value until these muscles stop working. If you have not had symptoms indicating any changes in your pelvic floor until now, you may not be fully aware of how you use it and its importance in your daily life.

  • Continence functions: The sphincters in the pelvic floor provide urination and defecation owing to the opening and closure functions. As a result of wanted urination and defecation, they help to excretion with muscle relaxation, they also act to prevent discharge by contracting unwanted times.
  • Sexual function: The strength of the pelvic floor muscles is very important in sexual intercourse. Strong pelvic floor muscles improve the quality of sexual intercourse.
  • Birth assist function: Pelvic floor muscles during childbirth, provides the baby's head and body to come out as a result of the uterus's driving force with its sufficient relaxation.
  • Support function: Supports the bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum from below like a hammock and prevents them from sagging down. By looking at these vital functions, we can understand how important the pelvic floor is. If there is a disease in the pelvic floor, some diseases that may happen to us; involuntary urinary incontinence, bladder-uterus-rectum sagging, or some sexual dysfunction.

It may not be easy to locate the pelvic floor and feel the muscles. Although we use it constantly throughout the day, it may take some time to consciously learn how to contract and relax.

Sometimes our desire to urinate excessively in a business meeting or in the middle of the exam came and left us in a difficult situation. That is why our muscles that we tighten so that we can reach the toilet are our pelvic floor muscles.

Contrary to popular belief, trying to hold the urine in the toilet for pelvic floor muscle work can do more harm than good. That's why you should be careful to work with an empty bladder for pelvic floor exercises. It should not be forgotten that holding and leaving while urinating will only help to discover the muscles of that area.

A detailed article on this subject will be prepared in the future. We wish you healthy