How your pelvic floor affects sex (and other things)

Getting ‘in touch’ with your pelvic floor muscles can significantly help the functioning of your bladder, bowel, and sexual health.

 

woman confused about pelvic floor, urinary incontinence, bowel movements and sexWe’ve talked about your pelvic floor muscles before but just a quick reminder – “These muscles stretch like a bit of a trampoline, running from the pubic bone to the tailbone and are made up of two distinct layers — a superficial layer and a deep layer.”

Signs that you may have a weak pelvic floor (or in fact, the muscles may be too tight) include bladder control issues, accidentally passing wind, pain in the pelvis and painful sex.

How does your pelvic floor strength affect your bladder control?

Pelvic floor muscles are the layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs and span the bottom of the pelvis. The pelvic organs are the bladder and bowel in men, and bladder, bowel and uterus in women.

When the pelvic floor muscles are strong and working effectively they allow us to pass urine and empty our bowels when we want to. When they are in a weak condition this is impaired and can lead to incontinence – is leakage of urine (pee) or stool (poop) that you can’t control.

By actively supporting your bladder and bowel it improves control and can reduce or stop leakage of urine and bowel motions.

Do stronger pelvic floor muscles have an impact on sensation during sex?

Retraining those muscles to function the way they’re meant to, the more sensation you may be able to experience during sex. Increasing strength and awareness of the muscles involved in pleasurable sexual sensations can help increase your orgasmic potential (good news).

How can I strengthen these muscles?

The first thing you need to do is find out which muscles you need to train. It’s very important to correctly identify your pelvic floor muscles before moving into a regular pelvic floor muscle exercise program, such as Kegels.

By actively supporting your bladder and bowel it improves control and can reduce or stop leakage of urine and bowel motions. Like other muscles, the pelvic floor muscles become stronger with a regular exercise program.

Kegel exercises involve contracting and relaxing the muscles of your pelvic floor. You can feel your pelvic floor muscles if you try to stop the flow of urine when you go to the toilet. It’s not recommended that you regularly stop your flow of urine midstream as it can be harmful to the bladder. To strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, sit comfortably and squeeze the muscles 10-15 times in a row.

Do kegels really work?

When done consistently, in the right way, yes they do. But as with all things exercise related we tend lose count and to skip sessions so ultimately you probably don’t make much progress.

What other solutions are there to improve your pelvic floor strength?

The BTL Emsella Chair is revolutionary incontinence treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to cause deep pelvic floor muscle stimulation without getting undressed!

A single BTL EMSELLA session brings thousands of Kegel-like contractions which help you train your muscles without any effort.

  • A non-invasive incontinence treatment procedure with no recovery time and you remain fully clothed during treatment.
  • You may observe improvement after a single session but results will typically continue improving over the next few weeks.

So there you have it, one easy solution to solve three intimate problems associated with pee, poo and sex.

Here’s what people are saying about the BT Emsella chair:

“I can sneeze, I can skip, I can run… I can just do all kinds of exercise and competitions and I can now do them with a lot more confidence than I could before. It’s… freeing, very freeing, to be able to just do what you want to do again.”

“Before, I was getting up four or five times a night to go to a bathroom. It seems like it´s still improving. Even in the past few weeks some nights I have not had to get up at all. And it’s awesome!”

Find out if the treatment can work for you by getting in touch today.

Visit NewU Clinic Nottingham’s website  or email hannah@newu.uk.com or call 01773 764 289.