This week is World Continence Week, and the #pelvicroar campaign has been exploring the impact incontinence has on lives across the UK.
A weak pelvic floor is the leading cause for urinary incontinence. So we've spoken to pelvic health Physiotherapist and stand up comedian, Elaine Miller, to share some top tips on how to save your pelvic floor from harm.
#Pelvicroar (www.pelvicroar.org) is a physiotherapy-led collaboration in pelvic health campaigning. Launching this World Continence Week, 18-24th June 2018.
Most women will suffer from a pelvic floor disorder at some point during their life. The majority of which are easily curable. Sadly, many women are unaware that help is available, and even if they are, many are too embarrassed to seek help. This means that currently only 1 in 5 women visit their GP for help, after waiting an average of 6.5 years before doing so.
Talented Comedian, Physiotherapist, head Gusset Gripper, and friend of Kegel8, Elaine Miller has hit the headlines this week.
In a film for the BBC, Elaine meets a group of new mums to discuss the importance of pelvic floor exercises following pregnancy and childbirth. The video has now been viewed more than 1.6 million times on Facebook alone and has been trending all week on the BBC news homepage.
We're delighted that so many people are interested in learning more about pelvic floor exercises. Even if it took Elaine having to dress up as a vulva to achieve it...
Your pelvic floor muscles do a lot for you; they support all of your pelvic organs, they help stabilise and support your spine, they help guide your baby during childbirth, they even contribute to your relationship by being responsible for the intimate sensations.
Many women are understandably embarrassed to discuss any issues they have with their pelvic health, due to the private nature and perceived stigma of the symptoms. But if you are suffering, you're far from alone. With 1 in 3 women suffering from a pelvic floor disorder during their life time.
The muscles you need to remember to exercise in 2018.
During Christmas it's very easy to overindulge. In fact, on average, people put on half a stone over the festive period according to British Dietetic Association. While most of us see this as par for the course with all the huge dinners we've put away, this weight gain can have a negative effect on your pelvic floor health. Even a small amount of weight gain can provoke the onset of issues such as stress incontinence caused by a weakened pelvic floor.