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When becoming an adult, it’s been impossible to avoid hearing about the importance of a strong pelvic floor and stumbling upon dozens of articles. The message is crystal clear: a healthy pelvic floor deserves a place on my list of things to worry about.

There’s no question that this system of muscles, ligaments, nerves and connective tissues is crucial. It supports the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum and helps them work well. Millions of women worldwide have pelvic floor problems like incontinence and prolapse (when the pelvic organs drop down and create a bulge in or out of the vagina). Men have a pelvic floor, too, but problems are less common and the male version doesn’t undergo the stress of childbirth.

The original article was written by Alicia Barney for the BBC. To read the full article, click here...