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Soddin' Pelvic Floor !!!

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DisplacedManc Sun 10-Apr-16 16:05:33

Hi All

Just want to throw a question out there with regards to the woman's curse (no, the other one), the PELVIC FLOOR!!

Mine is starting to be quite slack after the natural birth of my two daughters some many moons ago, and I've been under the GP and then Women's Physio to strengthen it up. So, I've been doing those Kegels, and even paid for and downloaded that NHS app, - Squeeze - and slowly it's beginning to tighten, very slowly though. I should take shares out in Tena Lady & Always for Sensitive Bladder - LOL!

Thing is, in my desperation, I've also invested in a Pelvic Toner www.pelvictoner.co.uk

I haven't used it for any length of time, and the physio at the clinic where I was referred to said I didn't need it. But, given how long it's taking for my floor to become the tight, supportive muscle it once was, if anybody has used it with success, would they say to swap from doing my Squeezy 4 x per day and just use the Pelvic Toner I x day?

Any advice would be most welcome smile

opioneers Sun 10-Apr-16 16:18:39

I have no advice but am marking place to see what others advise. It's rubbish, isn't it?

How old are you? Mine got a lot worse when perimenopause started to kick in.

DisplacedManc Sun 10-Apr-16 16:26:46

I'm probably peri-menopause age and it's since then that things have got worse. Don't feel old enough to have this kind of problem, though

IndomitabIe Sun 10-Apr-16 16:51:38

No advice but thanks for the app recommendation!

donajimena Sun 10-Apr-16 16:55:40

I'm so glad you posted this. I've felt very lucky with my pelvic floor. I didn't have any tears with both births and never had an accident.. my children are 12 and 10..
Happy days.. smile
until 2 weeks ago. In my dance class I was enjoying myself very much and bouncing around like a good un.. and I did a little wee blush
I'm 44 so I'd say I am peri menopausal. I've downloaded an app but its just sat there.
I'd love to hear from those who have noticed a definite improvement.
I have been very smug and lazy and its bitten me on the bum (or fanjo)

BendydickCuminsnatch Sun 10-Apr-16 16:58:48

Hi! I'm 26 and still having women's health physio after DS' birth 10 months ago. I kegel for England but will download that app I think. I've found since starting the gym and generally getting stronger that it's helped my pelvic floor too. I definitely needed to do my physio exercises for a couple of months before I could take on the gym without weeing myself though. Apparently squats complement kegels.

Genx77 Sun 10-Apr-16 17:02:59

I feel your pain, I'm in the gym 4-5 times a week and have my routine down to a fine art. Nothing to drink 2 hours before, no running, no star jumps, no box jumps, and an emergency stash of tena in my handbag. Straying from my golden rules results in me wringing out my gym leggings when I get home!

notapizzaeater Sun 10-Apr-16 17:03:09

Shamelessly marking my spot. I had an hysterectomy 18mknths ago so def in menopause hell and I've aged overnight

DisplacedManc Sun 10-Apr-16 20:02:58

Thank you so much, ladies. Thank you for all your honest replies.

Because I'm quite focused on this - I want to chuck the tena lady in the bin!! - I'm going to experiment a bit and will let you know how I get on.

I'm going to move from doing my Squeezy apps kegels four times a day and moving onto the Pelvic Toner 1 x day. If you read all the blurb, it looks very convincing and seems to get results much sooner than just doing the keels. I'll let you know how I get on.

Also, I found this from a blog that I subscribe to. It talks about having a firm pelvic floor to help with orgasms (!!) but for those of us of a certain age erhaps urinary continence is more important - LOL! It's Pilates based, and they aren't easy, but I will endeavour to do it daily

www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24501/3-easy-exercises-that-guarantee-stronger-orgasms.html?utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign=160408-tired-but-wired-3-foods-to-eat-3-to-avoid-to-heal-your-adrenals

On both of these, I'll let you know how I get on. x

opioneers Mon 11-Apr-16 08:59:50

Thank you for that, do keep updating. If you can chuck the Tena Lady in the bin that will be so inspiring!

I am going to start on the app next week (when school holidays are over here) and see how I go.

Does anyone else's really vary depending on their cycle? Mine is fine except around the times when my period is (or now should be). It's that time now and I went for a walk yesterday and it was a disaster.

donajimena Mon 11-Apr-16 09:15:02

When I had my children I went to a post natal exercise class run by a physio.
I'll never forget her saying that Tena Lady adverts infuriated her as it does not have to be that way.
As women we are expected to put up with widdling ourselves as part of the ageing process and spend a fortune on Tena and the like after years of forking out for sanitary protection!
As I admitted I have been complacent and lazy so I am going to get cracking.

Meggymoodle Mon 11-Apr-16 14:15:37

You have inspired me. I'm fed up with peeing myself whilst running - and yes to taking out shares in Tena - ridiculous as I try to be oh-so-green with the old mooncup and whatnot. I'm 42 and it's been crap since I had my DC (last one was 5 years or so ago). Will be really interested to know about the pelvic toner. I am unbelievably rubbish at kegels and hate the feeling of doing them.

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