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Pelvic Floor

Muscles that support the bladder, bowel, and uterus.

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(Source: NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

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Terms to know

Bladder
The organ that stores urine.
Coccyx
The small bone at the bottom of the spine. It is made up of 3-5 fused bones. Also called tailbone.
Diaphragm
Pelvic Floor Training (Kegel Exercises)
Tightening and relaxing the muscles that hold urine in the bladder and hold the bladder in its proper position. These exercises can improve a person's ability to hold in urine.
Rectum
The last several inches of the large intestine closest to the anus.
Sacrum
The large, triangle-shaped bone in the lower spine that forms part of the pelvis. It is made of 5 fused bones of the spine.
Thoracic Diaphragm
The thin muscle below the lungs and heart that separates the chest from the abdomen.
Urethra
The tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.
Uterus (Womb)
The small, hollow, pear-shaped organ in a woman's pelvis. This is the organ in which a fetus develops. Also called womb.

Terms to know

Bladder
The organ that stores urine....
Coccyx
The small bone at the bottom of the spine. It is made up of 3-5 fused bones. Also called tailbone....
Diaphragm
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