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How to Strengthen your Pelvic Floor

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Written by Lauren McKay

Lauren McKay

Lauren McKay is a writer and journalist with more than ten years of experience writing across a variety of topics. She is a passionate advocate for driving women’s health knowledge and is a trained yoga teacher. She earned a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow and currently lives in Scotland.

Fact checked by Jack Pearson, Medical Affairs Manager at Natural Cycles

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Dr. Jack Pearson is a previously HCPC registered Embryologist with a PhD in reproductive medicine. Prior to joining Natural Cycles leading Medical Affairs, he worked for more than 10 years in a clinical setting working at some of the busiest fertility clinics in the UK. Today he spends most of his time working with experts at the world’s leading institutions to carry out important research with the vision to further the field of female health. He earned his PhD from the University of Sheffield specializing in Sperm Metabolism and currently lives in London.

Have you ever found yourself peeing a little when you sneeze, laugh or cough? How about when you lift heavy weights? Do you ever find yourself straining on the toilet? Or have you given birth and suffered afterward from urinary incontinence or prolapse? All of these are common, but pelvic floor training can help by improving incontinence, and prolapse and making everything from sex to exercise feel better. Ready to find out more?

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