As controversial as it may be, Gwyneth Paltrow’s the goop lab series on Netflix has taught us a decent amount about the intimate lives of women. Indeed, too many women suffer from poor intimate health due to embarrassment, social stigma and lack of knowledge.
Today let’s take a closer look at the pelvic floor, an often ignored but very crucial part of the human anatomy. And how there are safe, non-invasive and simple treatments available with today’s medical technology that are backed by medical science.
The pelvic floor muscles support the lower back, bladder and bowel control and sexual function. When the pelvic floor is weak, strengthening the pelvic floor muscles will improve blood supply and nerve activity in the vaginal walls, leading to less dryness, greater pleasure and more powerful orgasms.
Women can experience pelvic floor weakness due to pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, hormonal changes or simply by lack of engagement. The pelvic floor will weaken with age if left dormant and will not get stronger by itself.
Common symptoms are stress incontinence where one experiences urinary leakage while sneezing, coughing or performing any strenuous physical exercise and laxity in the vaginal walls.
Conversely, some women may have pelvic floor muscles that are too tight. Vaginismus is a condition involving a muscle spasm in the pelvic floor muscles. This can make it painful, difficult, or impossible to have sexual intercourse, undergo a gynecological exam, or to insert a tampon.
This could be caused by urinary tract infections, cystitis, or simply stress and anxiety causing the muscles to tense up. This can lead to a huge impact on intimacy.
Common symptoms include:
- pain or discomfort during intercourse
- soreness of the vagina
- bacteria or yeast infections
- light bleeding after intercourse
- low sexual desire
The first step towards rehabilitation is to correctly identify the pelvic floor muscles and understand if you need to strengthen or relax your pelvic floor. A skilled pelvic floor physical therapist will be able to help with the right assessment.
Treatment starts with engaging the pelvic floor muscles. This can be difficult to achieve on your own especially if one has lost the sensation of these often-neglected muscles. With today’s medical technology, reactivating the pelvic floor muscles is now much easier.
We offer one-to-one guided pelvic floor physical therapy combined with FDA approved machine therapy that induces pelvic floor muscle contractions. This is done through HIFEM technology which forces dormant muscles to wake up and allows the brain to register the engagement of these muscles creating deep muscle memory.
Beyond improved intimate health and sexual satisfaction, engaging your pelvic floor will help with common issues like incontinence, weak bladder and bowel control, constipation, lower back and hip pain and pelvic pain.
It’s time to start addressing pelvic floor issues and stop shying away from getting treatment. Get in touch with Orchard Clinic to find out how you can get treated fast and effectively.
Orchard Clinic is a specialised centre for Postnatal and Postpartum conditions, helping clients achieve healthy and pain-free lifestyles.