As we celebrate the spectacle that is the Olympic Games, let's spare a thought for the sacrifices of these dedicated, focused and driven young women.
CONGRATS Bradley Wiggins - winner of the 2012 Tour de France bike race.
In recession Britain we need as much good news as we can get so sharing in his success this weekend is as welcome as saying goodbye to the recent rains and floods. Hopefully the combination of 'Bradley-cycle-mania', good weather and visions of those uber-fit Olympians will trickle down to us couch potatoes and trigger a whole new wave of cycling activity.
A strong pelvic floor is crucial for the prevention of pelvic floor prolapse. This encompasses prolapse of the vaginal walls, bladder, uterus and bowel. The weakening of these muscles can also lead to diminished sexual sensation and reduced libido, stress incontinence, a reduction in bowel and flatus control. Some may also experience discomfort during intercourse.
Prolapse is something most of us don't know much about - until it happens to us and it's too late. Kegel8 Founder, Stephanie Taylor, gives tips on tell tale signs of a weak pelvic floor that should not be ignored and explains how Kegel8 can help to prevent prolapse, and also help you if you have a prolapse.
Here at Kegel8 we get lots of questions about prolapse and exercises to avoid during prolapse. We know that many women are frightened by the initial diagnosis of prolapse and many become afraid to exercise - frightened to make the prolapse worse or damage the pelvic floor further.
By following these simple tips and exercise rules from Top Aussie Physio, Michelle Kenway, you can learn how to take care of your pelvic floor, and what exercises to avoid, and which ones are beneficial for prolapse. It is vital that you learn more about your prolapse and how to strengthen your pelvic using exercises, posture changes and lifestyle changes - every journey starts with a step, and in the case of prolapse, every journey starts with a Kegel.
Dr Chris Steele has been ITV's This Morning's resident doctor for over 25 years providing much needed down to earth medical information when we need it. Here Dr Chris talks to us about our pelvic floor and the importance of keeping it in tip top condition.
When you decide you're ready to have a baby, you will find there's so much to think about months in advance before you even get down to it. Getting your body primed, ready to conceive and carry your baby should be at the top of your to-do list.
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Here's a round up of places Kegel8 has popped up recently around the internet.
Since 1988, Kegel8 has been one of the UK's largest and longest established healthcare suppliers. So it comes as no surprise when people mention Kegel8 and what we do for them. Here's a short collection of recent mentions on the internet we'd like to share.
My name is Beverley Dale, I am 36 years old and I have been living with a prolapsed bowel for too long. I went to hospital in May of this year with heavy periods (this had being an ongoing problem for 2 years).
They had tried to use a Mirena to slow the bleeding but this didn't work. Initially I didn't go for my bowel; I think I had accepted this as part of my body. Manual evacuation isn't a pleasant thing but I had enough to worry about so this was put on the back burner.
Learn more about recovering from prolapsed bowel surgery in this blog...