How Much Do You Know About Your Pelvic Health?

The importance of pelvic health is gaining more attention with 1 in 3 women experiencing Light Bladder Leakage (LBL). With the introduction of the first-of-its-kind smart kegel device to the rising popularity of pelvic care in health facilities women no longer have to shy away from this very common problem.

Brands like Poise are educating women by introducing new products like Poise Impressa Bladder Supports.  These are a non-absorbent internal product designed to comfortably help stop bladder leaks, pad-free (let’s face it who wants another reason to wear a pad!). And this year, Poise brand continues its mission to help women find their Poise Moment.  For years women have been suffering in silence with LBL either brought on by childbirth, age or strenuous exercise just to name a few causes. Now it’s time for women young and old to stop letting leaks interrupt their lives and educate themselves on the importance of the pelvic muscles.

A few common misconceptions when it comes to pelvic health and LBL includes:

Women should get insight from a professional like Dr. Jessica Shepherd who is an Ambassador for Poise, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and also serves as the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Dr. Shepherd tells patients regularly that in order to combat the problem you have to be familiar with the anatomy of the pelvis. Using her “model” (a visual of the abdomen, uterus, and bladder) she is able to clearly explain to patients how to correct, help or deter the problem through exercise. Long gone are the days where surgery is the only option for fixing LBL.  Below are a few simple ways to help you improve your pelvic health today.

  1. Practice Posture: Poor posture can lead to weak abdominal muscles, which in turn weaken your pelvic floor muscles. Next time you find yourself slouching in front of a computer, practice what your mother always told you and sit up straight!
  2. Diet: Beverages that cause the bladder to contract like caffeine and alcohol should be consumed in moderation if you’re suffering from LBL.
  3. Awareness: Self-educating yourself is half the battle.  If you feel you may be suffering from LBL talk to your doctor, the first step to correcting the problem is realizing you may have one.
  4. Squat, but with precaution: Make sure your legs are shoulder width apart and when squatting, watch your form. Make sure your knees don’t go over your toes and that you contract your pelvic muscles during the squat.
  5. Kegels: Practice every squeeze of the pelvic muscles (for up to 10 seconds), then release and relax for the count of ten. Try to do this at least twice a day.

Photo Credit {Getty Images Photographer Mike Coppola}

 

Tags: Health, Pelvic Health, Women

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