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NOTES ON A SCANDAL

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The organs of the female pelvis (the bladder, the uterus/vagina and the rectum) are supported by the muscles of the pelvic floor which run from the coccyx (tail bone) at the back to the pubic bone at the front. It is these muscles which can be strengthened by pelvic floor exercises.

So-called genito-urinary prolapse occurs when the support from these muscles is lost. This can weaken the bladder neck where it empties into the urethra resulting in stress incontinence. Loss of pelvic floor strength can also cause the bladder, uterus and/or rectum to bulge into the vagina – the classic form of prolapse.

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