Nourishing your Pelvic Floor

Ummmm…. should we talk about this?

Yup we should.

This is dedicated to all the women who have shared their story with me.

I’d like to tell you about one.

She was 26 years old, in the middle of a cardio class, and suddenly…she wet herself.  Talk about embarrassing right?  She couldn’t figure out why that happened.

Here’s what she didn’t know.

She didn’t know:

  • That PMS was a symptom of hormonal imbalance; it wasn’t normal like her doctor told her.
  • That her normal monthly hormonal fluctuations (getting her period) would influence the tissues of her pelvic floor (which would then have an effect on her bladder).
  • That her over exercising was causing hormonal imbalances.
  • That her “fitness diet” was contributing to hormonal imbalances.
  • That her stressful lifestyle was contributing to hormonal imbalances.

BTW…that woman was me.  So, I have been able to personally relate to every woman who has ever shared her pelvic floor story with me.

This is something we need to talk about.

Because can you guess how many women experience this type of situation?

Or they pee when they laugh, cough, sneeze or play a sport?

And even more so, how many women who have what’s called “urgency incontinence” when the urge to urinate is so strong that they fear they won’t make it to the bathroom in time?

The answer is, sadly, about one in four women.

And the heartbreaking thing is most woman fail to seek help because they are embarrassed to talk about it.

We’ve got to end this silence because we have the power to heal and repair our body.

There are so many things we can do to support our pelvic floor.

So what is your pelvic floor?

It’s a system of muscles, tendons, and connective tissues that supports your bladder, vagina, ovaries, uterus, urethra, and rectum.  You can download/view an anatomical image here.

So, what might cause pelvic floor weakness?

Ahhhh…there are many contributing factors in pelvic floor weakness.

For example, hormonal changes/fluctuations that happen throughout a woman’s life, like what happened to me.  Or….carrying around extra weight.

So, if you are carrying around extra weight, especially in the belly, it presses down on your pelvic floor and causes the supportive connective tissue and muscles to become weak which is a contributing factor in urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse (that’s basically when your insides fall out through your vagina).

As for our hormones…well our female hormones help our pelvic floor tissues to be strong, supple, and stretchy.  Unless it’s right before your monthly period or you are going through or have gone through menopause.

And BTW, bladder problems aren’t the only symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction.  The others might be things like pain with sex, recurrent UTI’s, and vaginal dryness!

OK….so now that we know all that…. what can we do?

We start by providing our body with a healing environment.

Like eating foods to lower inflammation that are also nutritionally targeted to aid in tissue repair.  You can download a list of foods that might help here.

And if you are carrying around extra weight, lose it.

Then, do exercises specific to strengthening the pelvic floor.  You can find download several from these YouTube videos.  Boy I sure wish I knew about those exercises during my aerobics instructor days.

You can also start drinking more water and less juice, soda, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages.

And you might want to consider taking supportive supplements that will restore the elasticity of your vagina like Amata Life products.  You can buy them here.

It is the small, daily changes that create that healing environment.  And from those small changes you will reap the benefits of a healthy, strong pelvic floor.  Oh…and incidentally, one of the side effects of a strong, healthy pelvic floor is better orgasms.  So, it’s totally worth the effort.