Many men and women, from athletes to the elderly, may have compromised lifestyles due to a poorly functioning pelvic floor. Weakness can effect anybody. Problems with pelvic floor function can occur to both men and women at any stage in life. Weakness may result from everyday strains such as chronic coughing or back pain, or from trauma such as pregnancy, childbirth or surgery. Other factors such as repeated heavy lifting in the gym (or at work), ageing or menopause or being overweight can also affect your pelvic floor function.