Ways to a Stronger Pelvic Floor
- Posted on: Aug 30 2019
For decades, women have heard how important it is to have a strong pelvic floor. When they reach a certain age, they realize why. Statistics indicate the one in three women experiences involuntary bladder leakage. Often referred to as stress urinary incontinence, this leakage may relate to pregnancy-related physical changes or to the vaginal atrophy that coincides with perimenopause and menopause. Whatever the cause, a weak pelvic floor can affect quality of life. Understandably, many women search for ways to address this problem. Here, we discuss a few common ways.
- Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises were recommended to many of our mothers. These exercises are convenient and discreet so can be performed while a woman is at work, in her car, or relaxing at home. Kegels are also seemingly easy; they involve contracting and releasing the pelvic floor muscles. Simple enough, right? Not really. The more one looks at Kegel exercises, the more it becomes apparent that contractions need to be conducted mindfully in order to achieve the desired outcome. It can take time to learn how to do this right, but the effort is worth it.
- Vaginal Weights
There are a few different kinds of vaginal weights used today. Vaginal cones are two-part systems that contain a cone that is inserted into the vagina and a collection of graduated weights. This allows the user to increase weight (attached to the cone) as her pelvic muscle strengthens. Ben Wa Balls are another kind of weight. As they sound, Ben Wa Balls are weighted on their own. Finally, some women use yoni eggs, a similar item to Ben Wa Balls, which come in various weights. For improvement, vaginal weights must be used at least a few times a week.
Several years ago, vaginoplasty surgery became an option for restoring structure to the vaginal canal. However, surgery is inaccessible to many women and downright unappealing to others. Enter medical intervention. In our practice, women interested in addressing weak pelvic muscles as well as other signs of vaginal atrophy (dryness, painful sex) can do so in a few comfortable, convenient appointments. ThermiVa delivers controlled radiofrequency energy into the mucosal lining. This brings more collagen into the area, resulting in firmer, stronger tissue.
ThermiVa may be the jump-start to vaginal tightening that you need. To learn more, schedule a consultation in our Houston or Sugar Land office.