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Seriously though. I am training for my first triathlon, but feels more like training to survive the great flood. I need an Ark not a bike.
1) Pelvic floors...got the T-shirt. Is there any gadgets or Gizmo's out there that actually do what they say on the tin?
2)Triathletes, is it acceptable to just pee myself whilst running the course with a nonchalant air of "oh, that waterfall, yes, perfectly normal (for someone whose floor was fucked by childbirth)" look on my face? Or, can I sneak a little Tena down my shorts during the transition from bike to run?
All advice gratefully received by both my Pelvic floor and my dignity. Mrs Domingo (think about it).
PS I do know I need a TVT but now is not the time.
Pretend it is water from the swim leg? Seriously though, running is not a great idea if your pelvic floor is screwed. You might be better off with just swimming and cycling. I assume you have already tried the usual pelvic floor exercises.
This won't be terribly helpful but there is a therapy used in France to strengthen pelvic floor muscles - it's an internal probe that uses electrical stimulation. Sounds dodgy! But I believe very effective- I think administered by physios. Sorry this is a bit vague but I think it's very commonly recommended in France. Maybe a Google would give more details!
I was told that electronic devices have their place in the treatment of women with literally NO pelvic muscle tone, but that they are not superior than doing exercises yourself. The pelvic floor consists of muscles like any other muscle so can readily be trained up again. <sits here, clenching>
PacificDogwod that device looks amazing, at least I now feel like there are options out there. Great place for me to start investigating further. I'll look up GussieGrips too. I can't give up running, it's the only exercise that helps me lose/maintain a good healthy weight, plus I really want to do this triathlon. Also, my diet is good but I've always gone slightly "podgy" if I stop running.
Running, high impact aerobics and kettle bells destroyed my pelvic floor. I have subsequently had surgery and will not run again on the advice of my gynaecologist. It grieves me, but there are other things I can do.
Frankly, during a tri everyone looks appalling anyway, and the men all wee on the bike during longer tris and everyone wees in their wetsuits, so leaking into the pad of your trisuit is the least of your problems imo
Kegel 8 machine (I got the tight and tone one as it was cheapest!) has saved my pelvic floor. I'm due to see a physio next week, but 3 months of using the K8 every day means I can mostly sneeze and cough and run and not wee myself. I do my blardy exercises too. 3 vaginal births, tears all over the shop, and I always did my pelvic floor exercises, I just obviously wasn't doing them properly! I'd probably not risk a trampoline, but I can function again. Don't work for them btw.
I have a friend who has 4 children and is a runner. She recommends a super super plus tampon which she says presses on the urethra though the wall of her vagina and stops her weeing herself while she runs. Worth a try?
But there is more to be concerned about than just weeing. If you continue running and doing impact sports then your pelvic floor is likely to collapse to the point of protruding out of your lady bits. This is a horrible feeling. I used to run but had a slight prolapse and started doing pelvic floors every day every hour . Within a week everything had lifted and stays there as long as i continue squeezes and dont do any running or heavy impact exercise or standing weight lifts.