An overactive pelvic floor (OAPF) is a relatively new concept in pelvic floor health. For a long time muscles pelvic floor muscles were identified as weak, requiring ‘kegels’ or pelvic floor strengthening however there was a missing link. Some women and men had the opposite issue of excess activity in their pelvic floor muscles.

An overactive pelvic floor can lead to the following symptoms:

  • urinary urgency and frequency
  • incomplete emptying of urine
  • incomplete emptying of your bowels
  • chronic pelvic pain
  • painful sex

What leads to an overactive pelvic floor?