Your pelvic floor supports your bladder, bowel, and uterus, and gives you control over when you empty your bladder and bowel. Having a weak pelvic floor makes it harder for you to squeeze the muscles and sphincters at the bottom of your bladder to prevent urine from escaping. You may accidentally leak when you cough, sneeze or exercise (stress incontinence). It also means that your bowel, bladder and womb are not well supported, causing you to feel a heavy dragging sensation and pushing against the vaginal walls (prolapse). You may find sex less satisfying, and feel less sensitivity. You’ll need to keep your pelvic floor strong for the rest of your life, as hormonal changes after menopause can make pelvic floor problems more likely. Doing just a few pelvic floor exercises every day will help to treat bladder weakness or prolapse symptoms, and will help to prevent problems later on.
Marita Dowsett, B.P.T.