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When it comes to reproductive anatomy and sexual health, we often think about the clitoris, the penis, the vagina... but the unsung hero of your lower body may just be the pelvic floor. This essential sling of muscles inside the pelvis supports bowel and bladder function, childbirth, erections, orgasms—and much more!

Where Is The Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in the pelvis that sit in a hammock shape between the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis, and the tailbone at the back. Several different muscles make up the pelvic floor including the levator ani, ischiocavernosus, bulbospongiosus, and coccygeus muscles. Its purpose is to support the organs inside the pelvis, including the bladder and bowel, as well as the uterus (for people who have one). These muscles wrap around the urethra, anus, and vagina, controlling the opening and closing of these passages.

Another critical thing to know about the pelvic floor is that everyone has one—regardless of gender, age, or body type. As a lot of information surrounding the pelvic floor relates to people who’ve given birth, there’s a misconception that only people with vulvas have one, but in fact, the pelvic floor plays an integral role in every body.

Why Is Pelvic Floor Health Important?

While the pelvic floor may not sound exciting at first, having a healthy pelvic floor is critical for sexual function, pregnancy and childbirth, and for peeing (urination) and pooping (defecation). So it’s absolutely essential that it’s working correctly. When the pelvic floor is healthy, these processes run smoothly, but when the pelvic floor is not healthy, it leads to problems that interrupt your sex life and affect other aspects of your health and wellbeing.

How Pelvic Floor Problems Can Affect Your Sex Life:

How Pelvic Floor Problems Can Affect Other Aspects Of Your Health:

  • Accidentally peeing (urinary incontinence)
  • Accidentally pooping (fecal incontinence)
  • Having trouble emptying the bladder
  • Constipation
  • Spine, abdominal, pelvic girdle, and genital pain

If you think pelvic floor issues might be making your health and sex life less awesome than they could be, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor, who may recommend seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist. A professional can recommend a range of exercises such as Kegel exercises and pelvic muscles stretches to help you get your health and sex life back on track.

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Video transcript

So here's my half pelvis, and the reason why I like showing people the half pelvis is because you can see the bone, right? And you can see the muscle part. So the pelvic floor are the muscles at the bottom of your pelvis, and I apologize for people with penises. I don't have a male pelvis yet. It is on back order, but it should be here soon. So, here you have your pelvis, and for the difference between a male pelvis and a female pelvis, is really the width. The female pelvis is gonna be a lot wider, whereas the male pelvis is gonna be a little bit more narrow and the female pelvis is wider to accommodate a baby, right? So at the bottom, you have your pelvic floor muscles. It's not halved like this, it's just halved for your learning pleasure. And you have three layers, three layers. The first layer is going to be your urogenital triangle, and that's this muscle here, and it's gonna form a triangle as it comes across. Another one is going to be your urogenital diaphragm. That's the second layer. And the third and deepest layer is your levator ani, okay? And so if you look in here, you see it's almost like a basket of muscles that holds up all of your organs. But also guys, look, right, this is the anus right here, right? So it's attached to your tailbone, your coccyx, so that means your pelvic floor is one of the primary stabilizers for your entire spine. So for a lot of people who have chronic back pain, this can be a real game changer. And then also when you think about the pelvic floor and its function, it's important for urination, defecation, sex, and babies. So that is essentially the pelvic floor in a nutshell.