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Understanding the Pelvic Floor and Midlife Women

Developed in partnership with the CEO at The Well HQ Baz Moffat, this guide in a series on coaching midlife women explains why the risk of pelvic floor issues is greater during the menopause, the symptoms and challenges that women face, and how your sessions can help and support them

Sporty or not, mum or not: chances are high that midlife women will experience pelvic floor issues. Did you know that one in three UK women has a pelvic floor issue? The likelihood increases if they’re an athlete, if they’ve had a baby, and when they enter midlife.

Pelvic health is the best possible functioning and management of the bladder, bowel, and reproductive organs. It is not merely the absence of disease or weakness in these organs. Pelvic health plays an important role in complete physical, mental, social, and sexual well-being."

Baylor College of Medicine

The hidden muscles

The pelvic floor is the name given to the supportive sling of muscles and connective tissue that runs from the coccyx (tailbone) to the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis.

The pelvic floor's primary function is to support the pelvic organs such as the bladder, bowel, rectum and womb. They protect these organs from external harm and provide support when standing and active. The pelvic floor can be considered as the ‘hammock’ with the pelvic organs on top.

The pelvic floor must contract, relax, and adapt to pressure changes. The muscles prevent leakages when coughing, sneezing, laughing and during physical activity movements such as jumping, landing, running and fast changes of direction. While not life-threatening, it can be extremely embarrassing and affect women’s confidence when training.

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