Ah, the female body. Ladies, as women who thoroughly enjoy their bodies, we will be the first to say that female biology is a wonderful and frustrating thing.
Now, while we are unable to solve all the woes of womanhood, we do have a possible solution for women suffering in silence with urinary incontinence or sexual dysfunction concerns.
It is all in your pelvic floor muscles.
There are various factors that can contribute towards a weakened pelvic floor. These can range from the simple, such as aging, pregnancy, natural birth and menopause to other physical stresses such as weight gain or high-level sport. Yes ladies you read right, basically anything that involves breathing and aging can make you susceptible to a weakened pelvic floor. We know, try to contain your shock and delight.
Yet while the pelvic floor muscles are often the problem, conveniently it is regularly also the solution.
The pelvic floor encompasses the bladder, uterus and rectum, allowing it to constrict and control bladder flow. Thus, as pelvic muscles inevitably weaken, problems arise. Many women wrangle with incontinence concerns, ‘[the] involuntary loss or leakage of urine from the bladder,’ daily. Now while some may consider the ‘can I make it to the toilet in under a minute’ game thrilling, others may be interested in joining the conversation about a solution.
Similar to incontinence concerns, sexual dysfunction can evolve over time. When pelvic floor muscles fail to contract as effectively as they used to, the result can be a weaker orgasmic response. Here, the pelvic floor muscle wraps around the outer one-third layer of the vagina, known as the orgasmic platform. A weaker pelvic floor impacts the nerve response to stimulation, sensitivity, arousal and sexual satisfaction.
So What Does Research Have To Say?
Researching women’s health and the muscles of the pelvic floor, studies have found that weakened pelvic muscles can be retrained and strengthened through the use of weighted vaginal balls.
When inserted into the vagina, weighted balls activat
e the surrounding pelvic muscles. The silicone ball’s internal weights create random movements of direction that stimulate and strengthen the pelvic muscles. Weighted vaginal balls strengthen pelvic muscles (like the sphincter that surrounds the urethra and the detrusor located near the bladder), which can decrease the symptoms of incontinence. In relation to sexual dysfunction, research found that as weighted vaginal balls improved muscle tone and circulation, the muscle became tighter and thus more flexible during intercourse.