Unfortunately, the pelvic floor doesn't wait until you're 'mature' to stop supporting you, it can happen at any age, any time... Sorry.
You also, contrary to popular belief, do not have to be a mum for your pelvic floor to let you down!
Most people assume that it is only older women that have bladder or bowel problems, or problems 'down below' but you could be in your teens or early twenties and have signs of a weak pelvic floor. I know this is shocking news but hopefully it is also reassuring for you to know that being on the younger scale you are not alone as approximately 10% of ladies with pelvic floor weakness are under the age of 39.
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a hammock-like group of muscles that stretch from the tail bone at the back to the pubic bone at the front and support your bladder, bowel and uterus. Read more here.
What can go wrong?
Do you 'leak' when you laugh, jump or cough? The pelvic floor muscles can become weak, this can be caused by having a prolonged cough, heavy lifting, straining on the loo, high impact exercise, obesity, pelvic surgery, pregnancy and childbirth. Weak pelvic floor muscles can lead to incontinence (don't panic, we know this word is not what you want to hear but please hang in there) there are different types of incontinence: Stress, Urge, Overflow, Mixed and Bowel.
Help! What can I do?
Luckily, there is something you can do and Kegel8 are here to help. Have you heard of pelvic floor exercise AKA Kegels? These are so important for every woman (and man - yes, they have pelvic floors too!) as like any other muscle the pelvic floor will become weak if they are not exercised.
How do I exercise my pelvic floor?
The good news is that you can do Kegel exercises in the comfort of your own home, car, supermarket... Yes, really you can do them anywhere and nobody will know! There are manual Kegels that you can do yourself lying down, standing up or sitting down but you MUST be doing them correctly, check out our simple guide to manual Kegels.
The even better news is that you can buy an electronic pelvic toner which does all of the hard work for you. Whilst ensuring that the correct muscles are being contracted and relaxed for the right amount of time so you can just carry on with whatever you like, check out the latest fashion in Cosmo, catch up on last night's Love Island...
Why should I buy?
The Kegel8 Tight and Tone electronic pelvic toner is aimed at young women like yourself who are suffering and certainly shouldn't be, it has 9 pre-set programmes and 3 custom ones. You shouldn't be cancelling plans with your friends because you might laugh too much and wee a bit - absolutely not! You should be living you life to the max and saying yes to everything, well almost everything!
Don't mask the issue with pads, this is not a long term solution, a long term solution is treating the issue so that it is cured, just think of the money and heartache you will save and the confidence you will gain.
What are you waiting for girl, check out the Kegel8 range of pelvic toners now, you can thank me later.