Beth Davies Coaching

Pelvic floor dysfunction IS a fitness industry conversation

Recently, a client shared that the owner at her gym had never heard of pelvic organ prolapse. Even though stats show that it can affect up to 50% of women at some point during their lifetime.  

Indeed, I have been told more than once by gym owners that “we don’t have that problem here”. Even though the stats suggest otherwise eg incontinence affects up to 50% of all women (of any age) whilst exercising & 84% of those who do
CrossFit (Elks et al, 2020)

Here are 3 reasons why we SHOULD be talking about pelvic health issues such as leaking and prolapse within the fitness industry.

It is SO common

63-88% of players had SUI with 43% having rugby-related stress urinary incontinence (McCarthy-Ryan et al, 2024)

45% of cross-country skiers & runners reported stress urinary incontinence
(Poświata et al, 2014)

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction in female powerlifters showed,  23% experiencing pelvic organ prolapse, 50% urinary incontinence and 80% anal incontinence
(Skaug et al, 2020)

It STOPS participation

Research by Dakic shows that pelvic floor dysfunction can stop participation in exercise

46% stopped exercise they had previously participated in due to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction

42% who experienced symptoms in high-impact sport stopped participation

(Dakic et al, 2021)

Movement or exercise & training can be a solution

Training to help improve strength, and coordination of the entire core (incl pelvic floor!). In fact research by Virtuoso saw incontinence improve more with a combination of strength training & pelvic floor training versus pelvic floor training ALONE. 

Movement has variety! Finding ways for leak/symptom-free movement might mean letting go of having only one strategy of doing something. 

Training up to symptom level can be useful in building more capacity without tipping the balance into more symptoms 

Coaching breathing strategies that better balance pressure than “bracing downwards. 

Beth Davies is a highly experienced personal trainer and coach specialising in female pelvic health, pelvic organ prolapse and exercise. Her programmes educate, empower and support women back to training or their active life, eliminating symptoms and building strength and confidence. She has been featured in women’s lifestyle magazines and websites, including  StylistMetroWoman & Home and Marie Claire UK 


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