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  • Writer's pictureAnya Smirnova

1/8 - What is pelvic floor?

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

Amanda Savage is a women's health physio with 20+ years of experience and the Public Relations Officer for the POGP, the UK's professional association of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapists. In this exclusive interview to Anya Smirnova, Amanda covers all the key topics on female pelvic health in eight short videos.

  • Amanda shows a 3D model of female pelvic floor so that you can really get a sense of what pelvic floor looks like and understand the cause of pelvic floor problems, aka incontinence and prolapse.

  • Pelvic floor muscle is a size of two hands put together, much bigger than most people think.

  • Pelvic floor muscles are literally a floor to our internal organs, they control our bladder and bowel to prevent incontinence, and they hold our organs back in place.

  • Women should be doing pelvic floor exercises to keep these muscles strong.

  • Pelvic floor muscles also need to be stretchy and flexible. Particularly if you had stitches or traumatic labour, muscles may become tight and can cause pain or discomfort in the back, while sitting or during sex.

  • As well as doing pelvic floor exercises for strength, women should be stretching pelvic floor muscles by doing massage and relaxing properly between pelvic floor exercises.

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