Pelvic floor muscle exercises are easy to do
Pelvic floor muscle exercises are not always easy to do. The pelvic floor muscles are complicated muscles which are hard to isolate.
You learn pelvic floor muscle exercises from a pamphlet
Pelvic floor muscle exercises can be learned from a pamphlet by some people, but research shows that up to 50% of women trying to do pelvic floor muscle exercises from a pamphlet get the technique wrong. For both men and women, practicing the wrong technique will not help and could even make the problem worse.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises don't work
A: Research shows that pelvic floor muscle exercises can help fecal incontinence when the cause of the problem is a weak pelvic floor. However, they will not work if there are other causes of urine or bowel motion leakage (for example, infection, inflammation or underlying bowel disease).
There is ample evidence to show that pelvic floor muscle exercises are effective when the exercises are done correctly and when taught and supervised by a physiotherapist who specializes in continence and women's health
I'm too old for pelvic floor muscle exercises
Some people say "Pelvic floor muscle exercises won't work for me, I'm too old". This is not true. Age is no barrier to the benefits of pelvic floor muscle exercises. There is evidence to suggest that older people are just as likely to benefit from pelvic floor muscle exercises for incontinence as younger people.
I've had a baby, the damage is done so it’s normal to have a leakage
Just because you've had a baby doesn't mean pelvic floor muscle exercises won't help. Postnatal pelvic floor muscle exercises have been shown to assist in the recovery of pelvic floor muscle function and to reduce or cure the likelihood of urinary incontinence in women who have had instrumental births or big babies.
I don't need to do pelvic floor muscle exercises
A: Everyone (including women who haven't had a baby, and men) can benefit from doing pelvic floor muscle exercises. For women, pelvic floor muscle training is important to control incontinence which may start during pregnancy. Pelvic floor muscle exercises done during pregnancy will help the recovery of pelvic floor muscle function and bladder control after the birth of the child.
I can't sit on the floor therefore I can't do them
Some people think that pelvic floor muscle exercises are done on the floor. In reality however, these exercises can be done in any position. The word 'floor' merely refers to their position at the bottom (or floor) of the pelvis. In fact, they should especially be done standing up as control of urine leakage is usually most necessary when upright.
Men don't have a pelvic floor
Men do have pelvic floor muscles.