The Short Story:
- Pelvic floor disorders affect a significant portion of the population yet are often not talked about due to embarrassment or lack of understanding.
- The brain and pelvic floor connection is real, with stress, anxiety, past traumas, and even sitting posture impacting the pelvic floor muscles.
- It’s important to open up the conversation about pelvic issues. Find a healthcare provider you feel comfortable with and engage in stress-relieving activities to alleviate symptoms.
The Deep Dive:
As a society, we tend to focus on the physical aspects of pelvic issues, such as incontinence or pelvic pain. We go to the doctor, get a pelvic exam, and maybe even physical therapy. But what if we told you that there’s a whole other aspect to consider? The brain and pelvic floor connection is real, y’all, and it’s time to start paying attention.
First things first, let’s talk stats. Did you know that pelvic floor disorders affect 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men? That’s a whole lot of people dealing with issues like incontinence, pelvic pain, and even sexual dysfunction. And yet, we often don’t talk about them. But why? Well, for starters, it can be embarrassing to talk about. But there’s also a lack of understanding about the underlying causes.
Enter the brain and pelvic floor connection. Your pelvic floor muscles are controlled by the same nerve pathways that control other muscles in your body. And just like how stress and anxiety can lead to tension headaches or a tight jaw, they can also lead to tension in the pelvic floor muscles. This can lead to a host of issues, including pain and incontinence.
But it’s not just stress and anxiety that can impact the pelvic floor. Things like past traumas, surgeries, and even the way you sit can also play a role. The brain and nervous system play a key role in pelvic issues as well, so it’s not only the muscles that are affected.
So, what can you do? Well, for starters, don’t be afraid to talk about it. Find a healthcare provider you feel comfortable with and have an open and honest conversation about any issues you may be experiencing. And don’t forget the power of a good laugh—stress and tension can be a significant contributor to pelvic issues, so finding ways to relax and de-stress is important.
The brain and pelvic floor connection is real, and it’s time we start paying more attention to it. Pelvic issues are not something to be ashamed of, and it’s important to understand the underlying causes. So, let’s start talking more about it, make the conversation over some very common issues mainstream, and most importantly, get support to alleviate anything that’s bothering you.