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Pelvic floor exercises go through me like nails on a chalkboard.

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RubberBulletKisses Sun 25-May-14 14:34:50

Is this just me? I hate the feeling of doing them, it makes me feel a bit ill confused. I'm lucky that I seem to have avoided a total floor collapse after DS's birth despite an hour and a half pushing followed by a ventouse but I do appear to have a bit of a prolapse, so I'm trying to do the exercises to prevent it getting any worse, but I just...can't.

Does anyone else get this?

No, that doesn't really sound right. Have you seen your GP about the prolapse?

Gingerandcocoa Sun 25-May-14 15:22:29

I feel EXACTLY the same. I hate doing them. Exact same feeling I get when I hear someone scratching their nails on a chalkboard!!!

RubberBulletKisses Sun 25-May-14 15:46:19

Ginger Thank god! I thought I was completely alone on this one. I have no idea why, none of my other muscles make me feel squicky confused

quietbat The GP actually noticed the prolapse first, during an exam...I'd gone in complaining of uncomfortable sex. He didn't really say much, in fact didn't mention the word prolapse, just that I had a bit 'hanging down' but that the pain was probably not caused by that. A while later I had a root around (sorry, TMI) and felt a bulge, and it's been a bit more noticeable since, but not sure if that's because I'm aware of it now IYSWIM? I know I should go back and get it explained properly, but it really isn't causing any other symptoms other than a weird feeling sometimes (the sex has sorted itself!) so I doubt they'd tell me to do anything other than pelvic floor exercises...and so here I am smile

RubberBulletKisses Sun 25-May-14 15:52:24

Hating the exercises predates the prolapse, by the way...I got nagged by my midwife for not doing them whilst pregnant...

FrankSpenser Sun 25-May-14 15:56:04

I can sympathise in a way, OP.
I feel as you describe whenever talk is mentioned regarding smear procedures and anything or words relating to it..
And yet, I happily watch videos on YouTube of surgical procedures, cyst drainage, abcess removals, blood and guts, bone, fat, snot, poo, wee, earwax removal, blackheads extraction etc etc...I watch them all without queasiness and rather enjoy seeing it, but anything to do with cervix,and prolapses, spatulas up the chuff and the like and I want to gibb.
Utterly bizarre.

CommunistLegoBloc Sun 25-May-14 16:03:13

I get this too. It's toe-curling and awful and reminds me of needing a wee but not being able to or something.

RubberBulletKisses Sun 25-May-14 18:43:48

Frank Oh yes, I love a bit of sporn grin Oddly I'm fine with smears etc, it's the actual feel of the muscles tensing I think...

CommunistLego Great, now there's at least three of us, we should start a support group...

jessiemummy28 Sun 25-May-14 19:41:54

I feel the same. They irritate me but I don't know why! Make me squirm.

RubberBulletKisses Sun 25-May-14 19:58:30

Join us jessiemummy! Hands out cake and brew

NinetyNinePercentTroll Sun 25-May-14 20:06:41

They make me feel queasy. Like when you go in a too fast lift.

I thought I was the only one!! Squirmy horrible feeling. Like something hitting a raw nerve.

tethersend Sun 25-May-14 20:09:25

Absolutely. Doing them sets my teeth on edge.

It's like looking down from a tall building- things start recoiling internally...

RubberBulletKisses Sun 25-May-14 20:13:56


Passes round tray of cake

I wonder if they make internal bits 'move' (bladder? uterus?) that aren't really meant to move, hence the sensation of wrongness speculates wildly

CorusKate Sun 25-May-14 20:19:10

It's like tickling the roof of your mouth with your own tongue.

And it makes me feel all on edge for ages.

Lilybensmum1 Sun 25-May-14 20:20:07

I feel the same I hate it and I had two c-sections so assume this is a normal albeit horrible feeling, every time I see the words pelvic floor I feel compelled to do them! confused.

AndIFeedEmGunpowder Sun 25-May-14 20:21:36

Me too! I thought I was the only one! In my NCT class they made us all do a slow one for as long as poss and put our hand up when we stopped. I was the first to stop blush

Poor DH. grin

RubberBulletKisses Sun 25-May-14 20:27:20

I just had a go, 3 seconds I lasted blush And now I feel the need to kind of fidget and stretch my neck.

Despite this it's actually pretty strong DH says I think. I've never wee'd myself yet anyway (crosses all fingers and toes). Although I can't hold a fart in since having DS lowers tone even further but don't think that's the same muscles?

gussiegrips Sun 25-May-14 20:31:39

You called?

I'm a physio with a guest blog on the home page about this very thing! Only, I didn't add a bit about the chalkboard - hang on.

pelvic floors and pishing yourself, it's funny, not lecture-y

So, some women do find doing the exercises is just weird. We know that loads of women bear down instead of pulling up, which means their efforts are a waste of time.

There's a collaboration between physios and midwives on twitter just now #squeezeandlift - which I really like because it is exactly what you need to do.

Try doing them lying on your tummy and see if they still give you the boak, it might just be a weakness v gravity thing.

But, any pain or discomfort when doing pelvic floor exercises needs to be looked at incase you've got a TOO TIGHT pelvic floor. Very common, similar symptoms to weakness, but, associated with pain or discomfort. In which case, you need to see a physio, and, not do the exercises.

Mind, you'll get other stuff to do to help!

Go and read the post and see if it answers any questions. There's a heap of links to helpful/relevant sites. I'd really like MN to run this as a campaign - the stats are shocking and yet most of it is either curable or manageable with exercises and advice.

Happy to answer questions.

CorusKate Sun 25-May-14 20:33:44

Yes! Question! I pissed myself a lot during puberty, as though my hips were widening and the PF wasn't catching up. WTF was going on there and why didn't anyone mention it in sex ed?

CorusKate Sun 25-May-14 20:39:29


CorusKate Sun 25-May-14 20:40:51

<tumbleweeds bounce through the thread>

CorusKate Sun 25-May-14 20:42:39

<sinks through floor>

CorusKate Sun 25-May-14 20:46:13

Oh god, what if the reason they didn't cover it in sex ed was because it was just me? grin

MysweetAudrina Sun 25-May-14 20:46:16

I'm the same it makes me want to kick someone and it makes me twitchy and squirmy.

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