Don’t Ignore Your Pelvic Floor
What Is a Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and tissues that help support the pelvic organs, including the bladder and bowel and, in women, the uterus and vagina. This group of muscles and tissues helps to support and keep the pelvic organs in place.
What Is a Pelvic Floor Disorder?
A pelvic floor disorder is a condition in which muscles or connective tissues of the pelvic floor weaken or are injured, causing discomfort and other problems. Everyone has a pelvic floor, but the term “pelvic floor disorder” usually refers to problems in women.
One in three U.S. women is estimated to have symptoms of one or more pelvic floor disorders.
What Are Common Pelvic Floor Disorders?
Bladder control problems, such as leakage of urine or feeling like you have to urinate too often (urinary frequency) or urgently.
Bowel control problems, such as leakage of stool with or without awareness. This type of leakage is called fecal incontinence.
Pelvic organ prolapse—when pelvic floor muscles are weakened, pelvic organs may bulge into the vagina or stick out beyond the opening of the vagina or anus.
Are There Treatments for These Conditions?
Even though many women with these conditions are embarrassed to talk about their symptoms, treatments for pelvic floor disorders are available.
Talk to your health care provider if you notice changes in your bladder or bowel control, or if you see or feel a bulge of tissue in your vagina or anus. If you have problems with bladder control, bowel control, or pelvic organ prolapse, contact our office today to schedule an appointment and find out which available treatment options are right for you.
Learn more about pelvic floor disorders on the NICHD website.
Courtesy: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.