"Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises really do work to improve bladder and bowel problems. We see 70% of people solving their problems through pelvic floor exercise alone. But you need to get those exercises right" - Amanda Savage, specialist pelvic floor and women's health Physiotherapist.
In the UK, the pelvic floor is not a topic taught in human biology classes. It is not discussed in great detail when we learn about the muscles of the body, and is not even given a mention when we learn about our periods.
But more research comes out all the time, and we now know just how connected the menstrual cycle and pelvic floor are.
Celebrity pressure to 'snap back' into shape after having a baby is leading to a rise in pelvic floor disorders.
Physiotherapist and co-founder of PelvicRoar, Emma Brockwell, advises new mums to not do any intensive exercise for at least six months after giving birth.
But do fitness experts know how to cater for this growing audience of new mums wanting their flat tummy back?
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week this week (1-7th August). Their aim being to protect, promote and support breastfeeding worldwide.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) writes: "In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. The slogan of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2018 is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life."
A problem shared is a problem halved, and even if you are not suffering with a pelvic floor disorder, why are you keeping this pelvic health knowledge to yourself!
Share this introduction to the pelvic floor with your friends (both female and male) to share its importance in your everyday life.
Co-founder of Vicious Cycle, Laura Murphy, writes our beginners guide to the hugely distressing, under-diagnosed menstrual disorder - Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).
PMDD is thought to affect between 3-8% of women and AFAB individuals – that’s around 1 in 20!
15% of sufferers attempt suicide or take their life…this is no PMS.
This week, founder of Kegel8, Stephanie Taylor was interviewed by Women's Health magazine on the best way to exercise your pelvic floor.
“Women tend not to understand how important the pelvic floor is,” says Stephanie Taylor, founder of pelvic floor health company Kegel8, and supporter of #pelvicroar, a physiotherapy-led campaign hoping to break taboos surrounding pelvic floor health issues. “As a result, warning signs that it isn’t functioning as it should often get overlooked.”
In response to campaigning from women suffering from mesh complications, NHS England has put an immediate ban on the use of mesh in surgical operations. More than 100,000 women in the UK have had mesh fitted as part of pelvic surgeries. Most do not suffer with any related complications, however, some women are left with life changing injuries.
We've all seen footballers fall to the ground in agony from a seemingly minor injury, but is there more to it than meets the eye?
The hips and pelvis of a professional footballer are put under a lot of stress during practices and games. Football requires a lot of pivoting, rapid acceleration and deceleration, and, of course, kicking.
The following injuries are common in both professional and amateur footballers, and can mean the end of a sports career and debilitating pelvic pain.
The 21st June was the first day of summer, meaning we can finally say that summer is here! In the UK we've already been enjoying the longer days and BBQ sausages in May's warm weather, but with the school holidays approaching you might now be wondering how to incorporate your pelvic health into the change of routine?
Well look no further, we've put together 5 top tips to help you look after your pelvic floor this summer.