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What is the pelvic floor?

  • The pelvic floor is a group of interconnected muscles under the bladder.
  • The pelvic floor can be weakened by childbirth or other factors, causing leakage.
  • Stronger pelvic floor muscles may help reduce risk of involuntary bladder leaks.
  • 1 out of 2 adult women experience what is commonly known as leakage.1
  • Like any other muscles, your pelvic floor can be exercised and strengthened.

A stronger pelvic floor may reduce your risk of urinary leakage.

How do I strengthen my pelvic floor?

  • 75% of women with pelvic floor disorders (including leakage) do not do pelvic floor muscle exercises, and less than 25% of those who do them do them correctly.2
  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises done correctly and consistently can strengthen the muscles supporting your bladder, vagina, and bowel, to reduce the risk of leakage.
  • Trying different methods of physical therapy such as dry needling to reduce the pain you are feeling in your pelvis as well as restoring it back to its orginal function.
  • A correct muscle contraction is a lifting and squeezing motion of the entire pelvic floor, instead of a downward push or bearing down.

1. Markland, A. D., Richter, H. E., Fwu, C. W., Eggers, P., & Kusek, J. W. (2011). Prevalence and Trends of Urinary Incontinence in Adults in the United States, 2001 to 2008. The Journal of Urology, 186(2), 589-93. 2. Moen MD, Noone MB, Vassallo BJ, Elser DM. Pelvic floor muscle function in women presenting with pelvic floor disorders. Int Urogynecol J. 2009;20(7):843-846. doi:10.1007/s00192-009-0853-6.