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What are PC muscles?

Where are my PC muscles?

What have PC muscles got to do with bladder weakness?

    What are PC muscles

    The PC (Pubococcygeous) muscle is commonly referred to as your pelvic floor muscles. This muscle acts like a hammock or sling forming the floor of the pelvic cavity and supporting the pelvic organs including your uterus and bladder. You use your PC muscle to control urine flow and it aids urinary control. It is utilised during childbirth to push the baby out and contracts during orgasm.

    Regular exercise of the P.C. muscle is essential to ensure it is strong to support your core muscles during heavy lifting, to aid recovery from vaginal birth and to prevent bladder weakness during pregnancy and after childbirth, prevent from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and during and after menopause—even for women who have not had children.

    Where are my PC muscles?

    The PC muscle is attached to the pubic bone in the front of your body and coccyx - tail bone at the back. The muscles extend in a figure 8 around the vaginal and anal openings.

    What have PC muscles got to do with bladder weakness?

    When the pelvic floor is weak, incontinence can occur—ranging from weak to severe because the muscles can no longer ‘hold’ the urine in the bladder and control the flow of urine. Increased pressure on the bladder can cause this loss of control, such as laughing, sneezing, jumping on a trampoline, running, jumping or coughing. These activities can all cause a sudden and embarrassing leak of urine. Keeping the pelvic floor toned is one way to avoid bladder weakness.

    However, like most muscles, it can be 'exercised' to regain tone and do the job it's meant to. 

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