By Natalia Lusinski, May 7, 2022

Circulation is the fifth critical function of your pelvic floor. “The muscles act like your calf muscles in that they help to pump blood and lymphatic fluid back toward the heart,” she says. “A loss of this ‘sump-pump’ action in the pelvis can contribute to swelling/pelvic congestion.” But what is the cause of pelvic floor dysfunction? Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, double board-certified in OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine and director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx, says there are many different causes to this loss of circulation. “These include trauma to the pelvic area, pregnancy/birthing large babies, prior pelvic surgery, obesity, advanced age, straining (leading to poor muscle coordination), chronic coughing, and heavy lifting,” she tells TZR in an email.

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