pelvic floor muscles

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Deep muscles in the floor of the pelvis. Their technical name is pubococcygeal muscles but they are often referred to as the ‘love muscles’. They play a particularly important role in women. They are wrapped around the anus, urinary opening, and vagina, cradling them in a hammock-like structure. The muscles are used when emptying the bowels or urinating, and during sexual intercourse, pregnancy, and childbirth. They also react to coughing, sneezing, laughing, and physical exertion of the abdomen. Weak pelvic floor muscles can cause stress incontinence. See also pelvic floor lift and stride jumps.

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