Urinary Incontinence 101: Anatomy of the Pelvic Floor

Often, urinary incontinence is a result of an issue with the pelvic floor. In this video, Charisse Balance, a San Francisco-based pelvic floor physical therapist, discusses the anatomy of the pelvic floor, how its different muscle layers function to prevent urinary incontinence, and why Kegels are not a one-size-fits-all approach to solving for bladder leakage. 

Getting to know your pelvic floor anatomy will help you better understand what’s normal for your body and what type of help you should look for if you’re experiencing urinary incontinence—which, Charisse reminds us, includes “just one drip.”

What’s common doesn’t have to be normal, and when we educate ourselves and get to know our own bodies, we can break stigmas and solve for preventable health issues like bladder leakage.

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