Your Pelvic Floor

Diagram of female pelvic floor.

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, connective tissue and ligaments which acts as a hammock to support the bladder, bowel and uterus.

The pelvic floor muscles are connected from front to back, starting at the pubic bone and ending at the tailbone. They also run laterally, connecting to both sides of the ilium bone.

The pelvic floor muscles are responsible for continence of the bladder and bowel, and support the pelvic organs. They also play an important role during sexual activity, childbirth and provide stability to the abdomen and spine.

Pelvic floor disorders, including urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse affect 1 in 3 people with uteruses. The first line of treatment is pelvic floor muscle training - more commonly known as kegel exercises.

Pelvic floor training strengthens, tones and maintains the pelvic floor muscles which in turn supports intimate wellness, postnatal health and overall wellness related to ageing.