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The Pelvic Floor ̶ Keeping it strong!

A firm foundation is vital for maintaining good health. As women, one area that we often overlook is our pelvis and pelvic organs. These organs play an essential health role and it’s important to keep them in great shape.

Duke Health reports that too often, women don’t seek medical care for pelvic issues because they are embarrassed, or don’t realize there are a variety of successful treatments available for them. Almost one-quarter of women face pelvic floor disorders.

Over time, our pelvic muscles may become weakened due to childbirth, constipation, obesity, respiratory problems, and other conditions.

  • 10% ages 20-39
  • 27% ages 40-59
  • 37% ages 60-79
  • Nearly 50% age 80 or older

Although the disorders become more common as we age, they are not a normal part of the aging process and can impact quality of life.

What is the Pelvic Floor?

It is an impressive support system for the pelvic organs including the bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum. The pelvic floor is comprised of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues and is referred to as your ‘core.’ They are located in your pelvis and stretch like a hammock according to the pelvis first website.

The pelvic floor muscles are a 24/7 workhorse, helping stabilize your tummy, deep back muscles, and diaphragm, as well as support your spine. In women, they support bladder and bowel control and play a key role in sexual function and sensation.

What are the pelvic floor disorders?

  • Lack of bladder control
  • Lack of bowel control
  • Pelvic organ prolapse

Who’s at risk?

  • If you are pregnant or postnatal
  • At menopause age
  • If you have had GYN surgery (hysterectomy)
  • Athletes and fitness enthusiasts who perform high impact, high speed, and high load activities

Who’s at higher risk?

According to Stanford Health, some women are at higher risk:

  • If you have connective tissue disorders
  • Have a steroid dependency
  • Had multiple births
  • A history of pelvic radiation and pelvic surgery

What are the symptoms?

Have you noticed an urge to pee or it hurts to pee? Are you spending too much time in the bathroom because you don’t think your bladder is empty? Do you experience vaginal or rectal pressure?

These symptoms as well as a heavy feeling and muscle spasms in the pelvis area, constipation, or painful bowel movement may also contribute to your symptoms.

Are there treatment options available?

Yes, there is a range of treatment options available. First, if you notice changes, make an appointment with your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and concerns.

Our experts offer a range of effective treatment options for pelvic floor disorders from nonsurgical to minimally invasive surgical procedures to get you back to living your best life and keep your pelvic floor strong!

 

Educational Resources:

https://www.trihealth.com/dailyhealthwire/living-well/womens-health/common-pelvic-floor-issues-in-women-and-what-you-can-do-about-them

http://www.pelvicfloorfirst.org.au/pages/the-pelvic-floor.html

https://www.dukehealth.org/treatments/obstetrics-and-gynecology/pelvic-floor-disorders#:~:text=Incontinence%20and%20Vaginal%20Prolapse,-Call%20for%20an&text=Duke%20urogynecologists%20offer%20a%20range,return%20to%20your%20normal%20activities.

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pelvic-floor#:~:text=Symptoms%20of%20a%20weak%20pelvic%20floor,-The%20symptoms%20of&text=leaking%20urine%20when%20coughing%2C%20sneezing,reduced%20sensation%20in%20the%20vagina

https://stanfordhealthcare.org/stanford-health-care-now/2018/how-to-improve-your-pelvic-health.html#:~:text=Tips%20for%20pelvic%20health%20at%20every%20age&text=Strengthen%20your%20pelvic%20floor.,and%20fiber%20and%20exercising%20regularly.

The information on this site is intended to raise awareness and understanding of specific health issues. It should not be used for diagnosis, or a substitute for health care by your physician.

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