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Tone up from the inside
Wendy Lee talks lesbian health and the pelvic oor.
It is estimated that up to 46% of women
experience some degree of incontinence during
their lifetime. According to the National
Continence Management Strateg y (Australian
Government) one in three women have an
incontinence problem following delivery. With
an increasing number of lesbians having children,
this has become an area of concern for us all,
especially when you consider that as we age the
Do you sneeze and wet your pants? Can
you no longer bounce on a trampoline? Can't
go running without an uncomfortable leak of
urine? You are not alone if you experience one of
these signs of incontinence.
Womenshealthorg state that 'although
common, urinary incontinence is not normal
and should be addressed in the same way as
other health problems. Treatment for urinary
incontinence can be very e ective and is o en
Where are my Pelvic Floor (PC) Muscles?
e pelvic oor muscles are located above
and around the vaginal opening, supporting
and connected to the uterus. ey thankfully
stretch when we give birth and contract when we
orgasm, so stronger pelvic oor muscles lead to
Many women who regularly do either Yoga or
Pilates may nd their PC muscles are in excellent
shape. Stopping your ow mid stream every
time you urinate is also a great way to locate and
workout those PC muscles.
For those of us who haven't quite got around
to regular exercise, Pelvic oor toning balls such
as SmartBalls are an easy and e ective alternative.
With minimal e ort, just a bit of up front work
and monthly maintenance, you can get those PC
muscles into shape and intensify your orgasms!
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the body
releases hormones that allow the pelvic oor
muscles to relax. During this time women can be
prone to incontinence. Ideally you will use the
SmartBalls before getting pregnant with your
rst child. is will set you up to reduce the
risk of incontinence during pregnancy and post
natally. Smartballs are NOT recommended for
use during pregnancy.
If you are planning on having more children,
now is a crucial stage for early prevention of
incontinence as PC muscle stretching can be
more pronounced with each successive child.
If you've recently given birth and you didn't get
around to exercising your PC muscles before
pregnancy, that's okay. e next most optimum
time is from six weeks a er giving birth (provided
everything is all healed up). Even if you had your
children decades ago, SmartBalls can help. Good
PC muscles can support the vaginal walls and
help to prevent a prolapsed uterus.
During menopause a woman's body produces
the same hormones as during pregnancy, and
the pelvic oor muscles so en o en leading to
incontinence. e key to a successful recovery
of pelvic oor strength is the regular use of the
pelvic oor toning balls. Initial every day use for
up to a month, then ongoing maintenance one
day a fortnight to keep the muscles in shape. If
you lapse, just do another concentrated burst
and the PC's will tone up.
To nd out more about how to tone your pelvic oor
muscles head to: dvice.com.au/sex-info/smartballs-
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