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June 15, 2018

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The Conversation asked five experts: should all women do pelvic floor exercises? The answer? Doing them properly is key.

Alexandra Hansen, The Conversation

Over a third of Australian women suffer from urinary incontinence, and it’s estimated at least half of women who’ve had more than one child have some degree of genital prolapse.

Pelvic floor disorders affect many women, and health professionals often recommend exercising the pelvic floor muscles in order to keep them strong to reduce symptoms and prevent disorder.

The Conversation asked five experts if all women should be exercising these muscles regularly.

Five out of five experts said yes



 

Here are their detailed responses:


If you have a “yes or no” health question you’d like posed to Five Experts, email your suggestion to: alexandra.hansen@theconversation.edu.au




 

The ConversationDisclosures: Hannah Dahlen has received funding from the NHMRC and ARC. Victoria Salmon receives funding from the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.

Alexandra Hansen, Health + Medicine Section Editor/Global Editor, The Conversation

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

  • I have to remember to be better at pelvic floor exercises

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  • I’ve done them since I was a teenager.

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  • Very important. Glad I did!

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  • Very short article, but sure important.

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  • A difficult thing to really know if indeed you are doing them correctly.

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  • Must look after the pelvic floor!

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  • This article has reminded me to do my pelvic exercises. I always forget.

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  • I imagine it is very hard to know if you are doing them correctly as most women wouldn;t want a dr checking for them.

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  • I try and remember to do these every day but don’t always succeed. I was told to identify the correct muscles, stop your urine mid flow. There the muscles you need to focus on

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  • I think it’s a good idea. I don’t know if I’m doing it right though. I will look it up on YouTube

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  • My obgyn recommended a pelvic floor specialist when I first became pregnant. She taught me how to do the exercises propenly. I don’t have any issues but have only had one child so I’m not sure if the exercises helped

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  • I love the advice yes but correctly I was doing them so in effectively until I saw a physiotherapist.

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