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Levator ani is the main muscle of the pelvic floor. It forms a funnel-shaped diaphragm in the pelvis between the lateral hip walls, the pubis anteriorly and the coccyx posteriorly. It is traversed by different structures in each sex:
Often, levator ani is considered as several separate muscle parts:
However they have common features:
Levator ani has a crucial role in the maintenance of continence.