Is it ever too late to improve incontinence?

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Is it ever too late to improve incontinence?

We answer questions on Incontinence, how common it is, what we can do if we have symptoms of incontinence, and Kegels!

On June 23, 2022, during World Continence week, I was interviewed by Parents Canada about Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Health and how to do Kegels correctly. The information is current and important for all women.

I thought I would share some excerpts from the original article.

It’s never too late.

The earlier you can begin strengthening the pelvic floor—ideally long before pregnancy—the better, but there’s no bad time to learn about your health and improve it!

Beginning Kegels at any age can prepare for the stages ahead and improve any current challenges. I encourage woman at any age to educate themselves and seek help. No one has to suffer incontinence. There is treatment and support available.

After menopause, around age 51, the pelvic floor muscles can further weaken when we no longer have circulating estrogen. The tissues in the vagina and around the bladder start to thin and become dry, which can contribute to pain and incontinence. If the pelvic floor never recovered after pregnancy, the risks are higher in menopause.

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Many women, especially when pregnant are told to “Do your Kegels!” but few are told or shown how to do them properly. The interpretation is often that it’s a squeeze. I see people tensing their core or their thighs and butt cheeks, holding their breath but that’s not correct. It involves an upward, lifting motion, as well as a squeeze and then a relaxation.

Kegel Assessment

Take My Kegel Assessment to determine your Kegel IQ and if Kegels are right for your situation! Anyone can take the Kegel Quiz on my website, which walks you through a Kegel and helps determine what shape your pelvic floor is in. Kegels are effective when done correctly and consistently. My coaching takes it one step further and coordinates Kegels with movement to mimic lifestyle and train your body to respond.

When you are ready

I always suggest starting with the 28-day challenge through my Buff Muff App. It is an at-home pelvic floor training with resources to teach you how to activate your pelvic floor appropriately and then add it to movement.

This app-based challenge (iPhone or Android phones) will change how you work out for the better and set you on the path of habitual pelvic floor fitness - all in 28 days (or less!).

When conversations around incontinence are more common, women have the vocabulary and the confidence to ask the right questions, find a care provider and seek treatment.

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