What are the causes of weak pelvic floor muscles?
The pelvic floor can be weakened from various causes affecting the strength of the muscles. These can include: pregnancy, particularly prolonged pushing during delivery and overstretching of vaginal muscles; decreased levels of estrogen that occur after menopause; constipation and straining to empty the bowel; obesity; ageing; diabetes and an overactive bladder; persistent coughing causing repetitive straining, and; surgery that involves cutting the pelvic floor muscles (e.g. prostate gland operations).
Author: Bow Tauro
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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