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.
By now, most of us know about the importance of a healthy and strong pelvic floor. But other than your Kegel exercises, how can you guarantee that your pelvic floor muscles will not weaken?
In the sixth instalment of 'The Pelvic Floor', Stephanie Taylor, Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, and physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, talk about the effect of weight gain to your pelvic floor; explaining how your pelvic floor muscles strain underneath pressure, what this leads to, and what you can do to help relieve your suffering muscles.
It’s commonly known that a strong pelvic floor is a healthy pelvic floor, but where’s the limit? It can be possible for the pelvic floor to be over-exercised and become too tight.
In the fifth instalment of 'The Pelvic Floor', physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, talks to Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, about over-exercising the pelvic floor and the problems that can occur as a result of it being too tight.
You may not realise, but breathing is an essential part of performing your pelvic floor exercises, just as it is for any other form of exercise.
In the fourth instalment of ‘The Pelvic Floor’, physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, speaks to Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, about the importance of breathing during your pelvic floor exercises and how to learn to do so.
Incontinence is an extremely common condition. If you suffer, it’s vital to remember that you are not alone. The pelvic floor has a large impact on the prevention of incontinence, so if your pelvic floor is weakened, you are more likely to suffer with urinary or bowel incontinence.
In this third instalment of ‘The Pelvic Floor’, physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, speaks to Stephanie Taylor, Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, about the relationship between the pelvic floor and incontinence, and how your pelvic floor muscles work to prevent and manage incontinence.
The structure of your pelvic floor in relation to your uterus, bladder and bowel is essential for maintaining bodily functions. A strong pelvic floor will help to hold your pelvic organs in place.
In the second instalment of ‘The Pelvic Floor’, physiotherapist Amanda Savage, and Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, discuss the structure of your pelvic organs and muscles, and how they experience damage on a daily basis.
You’ve probably heard of Kegel (pelvic floor) exercises by now, but do you know the importance of them? Your pelvic floor muscles are important for your posture, the control of your bladder and bowel, and childbirth. In this first instalment of ‘The Pelvic Floor’, physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, talks to Stephanie Taylor, Founder and Managing Director of Kegel8, about the value of the pelvic floor and the functions that it must perform on a daily basis.
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.