Obesity Incontinence and Prolapse – How Kegel and Pelvic Floor Exercises Can Help

Two of the main complications of obesity are incontinence and prolapse.

The price of weight occurs in two ways. Subcutaneous fat is deposited under the skin and visceral fat is placed around your internal organs. When a person is overweight, excess fat takes up a lot of space in the abdominal cavity.

These internal fat deposits cause increased intra-abdominal pressure and, multiplied by the effects of gravity, push everything down, weakening the layer of muscle tissue that forms the pelvic floor.

Also known as the pelvic membrane, this is a hammock of muscles that runs from the spine between the legs to the pubic bone and through each seat bone.

It surrounds each of the three openings in a woman’s lower pelvis – the anus, vagina, and urethra – and is primarily used to hold the bladder, rectum, and uterus in place.

Parts of the vagina, urethra, or rectum may swell (or cause rupture) due to increased intra-abdominal pressure, causing damage to the muscles that control excretion or urine and matter feces. When these sphincter muscles are weakened, they open inappropriately or cause varying degrees of incontinence. Or not opening properly at all, leading to constipation.

Another side effect of the effects of obesity on the body’s pelvic infrastructure is that weak muscles relax or sag and the uterus, bladder, or rectum fall out of the body. This is called prolapse and in many cases surgery is the only answer.

Morbid obesity is a well-documented risk factor for all of these problems, and research shows that although sexual function is often not affected, obese women are twice as likely to suffer from pelvic floor disorders as those who are leaner women.

Cone and pelvic floor exercises can not only lose weight, but they can also help protect the body from the damaging effects of abdominal pressure as it needs to restore the structure of the pelvic floor.

Regularly calling and releasing the pubococcygeus muscle (with which you urinate) speeds up the entire pelvic membrane and the correct tension to keep everything where it should be.

A major benefit of these exercises is the prevention of hemorrhoids and urinary problems, as increasing the blood supply promotes the health and tone of these tissues.

The effects of the exercises may be increased if you perform the exercises simultaneously with a intramuscular simulator. These devices are reprogrammed to treat urge and stress incontinence and to constrict the vaginal and rectal ducts using vaginal and anal probes.

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