Trick or Treat Your Pelvic Floor This Halloween
Ghosts and ghouls can be scary but suffering from a pelvic floor disorder can be absolutely terrifying. There are hundreds of contradicting facts about the pelvic floor that it’s hard to determine wrong from right.
But, it’s time to get rid of the skeletons in the cupboard as this Halloween, Kegel8 are helping you to decipher the difference between tricking your pelvic floor and treating it.
Tricking your Pelvic Floor:
- Kegels are only for women – The male pelvic floor does actually exist, so yes boys, you have to do your Kegels too! The male pelvic floor is just as important as the female pelvic floor in its responsibility to support the bladder and bowel, and male pelvic floor muscles also support the prostate, playing a huge role in sexual function.
- You’re too old to do Kegels – You are never, ever too old to start doing your pelvic floor exercises. Whether you’re 17 or 70, Kegel exercises will help keep your pelvic floor muscles in top condition – start today!
- Pelvic floor damage can’t be undone – Have you suffered a prolapse, or possibly incontinence after childbirth? The good news is that your pelvic floor can be transformed from drab to fab – Kegel exercises are the first-line treatment for pelvic floor disorders.
- Incontinence is normal – Incontinence is common, but it is far from normal. Don’t let this myth stop you from conquering your incontinence.
- Kegels are easy – Unfortunately for some people, Kegel exercises are not easy to do. If you struggle to perform them manually, read on and see how Kegel8 can help.
Treating your Pelvic Floor:
- Kegel8 can help – The range of Kegel8 electronic toning devices can help you to strengthen and maintain your pelvic floor. If you find it hard to do manual Kegels, try the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner for noticeable results within weeks.
- Regularly maintain your pelvic floor – It isn’t a case of just doing one set of Kegels once a month when you remember, you need to remember to regularly maintain your pelvic floor muscles to ensure that they are always strong and supportive. Try the NHS Squeezy app to remind you when to do your Kegels.
- Aim to prevent rather than cure – If you only consider Kegels as a treatment to pelvic floor disorders then you are more likely to develop one. Start performing your Kegels today to ensure prevention against incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
- Improve your pelvic floor disorder – With that being said, pelvic floor muscle training is the first-line treatment for helping to treat pelvic problems such as stress incontinence and prolapse.
- Step away from the sweets - Artificial sugars and sweeteners can worsen the symptoms of an overactive bladder. Keep clear to keep your pelvic floor strong.
- Remember to relax – We know the importance of contracting our pelvic floor muscles, but it’s just as important to relax them too. By denying your pelvic floor muscles an opportunity to relax, they can become overtight and worsen any pelvic floor disorders that exist.
Tell your friends about tricking or treating your pelvic floor this Halloween and let us know which fact spooked you the most on Twitter.
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