Is your pelvic floor the last taboo?

on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in N21 Experts

 

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It seems that everywhere you look these days we are bombarded with images of women, usually in highly sexualised poses, and often with lots of flesh showing. These beautiful goddesses pout and stare out at us from all corners of the internet; from magazines and newspapers; the TV and cinema screen; bus stops and billboards everywhere.

 

Whether we like it or not, in our culture these images have become normalised, to the point where, despite growing protests, you can easily look at a pair of bare breasts just by opening a daily paper. Magazine covers with practically naked women are in every newsagent and supermarket.

 

Nowadays you are just as likely to overhear a discussion between women about the size and shape of their bottoms, breasts, stomachs and arms, as you are one about their kids' education and their career plans. So how is it, with all our progress and openness to discuss our bodies that we still struggle when it comes to the pelvic floor? Why is there still so much embarrassment and even shame around pelvic health?

 

It is estimated that around 80% of women will suffer with pelvic floor problems at some point in their life.

Awful statistic isn't it? It shows, however, that this problem probably affects most of the women you know. They just aren't talking about it.

 

75% of those cases of pelvic dysfunction could be resolved in three months with the right kind of exercise and nutrition.

 

That is where the Foofoo FunClub comes in. Yes, it has a strange name, and yes some people find it difficult to accept. The name sounds a bit like, well, you know, our private parts, or a bit fluffy and out-there. But whilst the name may be silly to some, the subject matter is totally serious, and so are we.

 

At the Foofoo FunClub we are passionate about pelvic floors, and we are passionate about supporting women. We want to empower women to talk about their pelvic floors without shame. We want to help women get the information that they need to allow their body to heal itself. No woman should ever be too embarrassed to talk about any part of her body or to seek help for a problem, and we at the Foofoo FunClub are working hard to provide an environment where women are able to do just that.

 

What's it for?

The problems are many but the solutions are simple: good nutrition and the right exercise .

 

*Stress incontinence

It helps women who leak when they laugh, cough, sneeze, and do any kind of impact exercise. So many women avoid exercise altogether because of this problem and the long-term health implications for taking no exercise are widely known: weight gain, obesity, disease and ill-health. If you'd like freedom from incontinence pads or daily panty liners "just in case" this is for you.If you want to exercise more without worrying, get in touch.

 

*Problems with bowel control

Your pelvic floor muscles control all the pelvic organs and openings so if you find yourself in embarrassing situations involving wind and/or faeces this course could really help.

 

*Pelvic organ prolapse (POP)

Our deep pelvic floor muscles support the organs of the pelvis: the uterus, bladder and bowel. If you lose strength and condition in these muscles, the pelvic organs can drop and protrude into each other leading to problems with bowel and bladder control and emptying. Also pain; sexual problems; mental health problems (many women with POP become depressed due to the effect this problem has on their life); and even fertility problems.

If you have been diagnosed with a grade one or two POP the exercises in the course could help you.

 

Who will it help?

If you are a woman with any of the problems described above the Foofoo course could help. It is especially beneficial during and after pregnancy when the pressure on the pelvic floor has been increased and the muscles have been put under immense strain.

 

If you are perimenopausal, menopausal or postmenopausal, the course could be ideal for you. The drop in oestrogen at this time in a woman's life can lead to a considerable loss of elasticity – following the exercise and nutrition plan can make a real and lasting difference to your quality of life.

 

If you are or have been overweight, done lots of heavy lifting (including young children), have asthma or hay fever which means you cough or sneeze a lot, or if you remember having problems as a young person you could benefit from the course. It is also ideal for you if you have weak abdominal muscles and need to strengthen your core.

 

If you have any questions relating to this subject, please visit our website at www.bodyconpt.co.uk/foo-foo-fun-club/

or call Denise on 07811 954739 for a discreet and private chat.

80% of women will suffer from pelvic floor problems during sometime in their lives.

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