Toilet Squat Could Cause Sexual Problems

Stop the squat!

Sounds like an anti-protest slogan, but it’s really an entreaty to stop females from endangering their pelvic floor muscles by squatting over toilet seats.  Apparently, in an attempt to avoid sitting down on germy surfaces, women are straining their pelvic floor muscles and setting themselves up for urinary and sexual problems.  Read the original post here.

The pubococcygeus (PC) muscle wraps from the pubic bone to the tailbone in males and females. Its function is to support internal organs, to assist in urine flow control, and to aid in childbirth.  It also contracts during orgasm, making the experience more physically profound. While the female PC muscle is more often discussed, the male PC muscle should be kept toned because it helps with urinary and ejaculatory control.

When the PC is in tone, all’s well; however, when the PC muscle is either too loose or too tight, problems can range from urinary incontinence to sexual pain and low back pain.

Avoiding toilet squats is a simple tip, and Kegel exercises are another frequently recommended solution. I don’t recommend Kegel exercises universally because someone with high muscle tone needs to learn to relax the muscles, not tighten them.  Your health care provider can advise you, after measuring the muscle tone, whether you need to do Kegels.  It’s a simple test: during a pelvic exam, your provider can direct you to squeeze your vaginal muscles as tightly as you can. The amount of pressure the provider feels on his or her fingers will provide the information needed to make a recommendation.