Some thinking it's just another name for the pelvis

Some thinking it's just another name for the pelvis

A new study suggests that men are not savvy when it comes to the intimate health of their partner. Many men don't have a clue what a pelvic floor is.

Four in ten men admitted that they don't know what health issues their partner is going through or might face.

One in twenty men believe that pelvic floor is simply another name for the pelvis and some men think it's a new style of dance- like a 'twerk'.

Men are also confused by the length of the average period and believe that a 'kegel' is a new gym sensation or part of the body.

The research by INNOVO has found that one in four women have received an insult or 'funny' comment from a man- all as a result of their lack of knowledge on the subject. Couples have argued as a result and a some lovers have even broken up over an insensitive remark.

One female revealed that her partner thought women only get their periods during the full moon.

Jane Wake, women's health and fitness expert, said: " Intimate health issues can be a difficult subject for many to discuss and men may well feel it's something they don't need, or want to know.

"But this lack of knowledge could be causing them to make mistakes, or not offer a partner the support they need.

"It may be funny to think men have no idea what a pelvic floor is or does, but it's a subject which needs to be taken seriously - especially as men also have a pelvic floor, and can suffer the same problems as women.

"For men and women, it can be embarrassing to discuss your private health concerns with someone of the opposite sex, even if it is your own partner.

"But by being as open as possible with each other, it will gradually break down the taboo and mean people suffering from intimate health problems may feel less alone and more supported."

One reason for this lack of knowledge might be that four in ten men feel uncomfortable talking to their partner about their intimate issues.

Consequently, over a third avoid conversations with their loved one about periods, emotions associated with them, screening tests and even sex.

15% of men would go as far as to miss an appointment with their partner if it was about their intimate health, even if it was about something serious or their partner asked them to come for some support.

23% of men do feel bad that their knowledge is lacking and admit that they do need you make a bigger effort to find out the facts and be there for their partner when it counts.

On the flip side, three in ten women would like to share their health concerns with their partner but 19% avoid it because they feel like their lover doesn't want to know.

Sadly, only 22% of women admitted to talking to their partner about pelvic floor heath but more than a third suffer from a weakened pelvic floor.

As well as confidence, relationships and sex lives do take a hit so it's important for partners to know about and understand bladder weakness.

Jane Wake added: " Bladder weakness is more common than hay fever and is often caused by a weak pelvic floor, which is a crucial muscle group and needs exercise to strengthen it just like any muscle.

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