What is a pelvic floor disorder

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Pelvic floor disorders are problems that affect women’s pelvic organs -- the uterus (or womb), vagina, bladder, rectum and the muscles that surround and support them. The three most common problems are pelvic organ prolapse and trouble with bladder or bowel control.

Women with weakness of the pelvic muscles or tears in the connective tissue may experience problems controlling their bladder and bowels. These issues are known as urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, bowel or stool leakage (anal incontinence), difficulty emptying their bladder (voiding dysfunction) or having a bowel movement (constipation).

In fact, approximately 50% of women experience some type of urinary incontinence during their lifetime.

Some women also feel or see tissue coming out of the opening of their vagina. This is known as a pelvic organ prolapse and can be caused by a ‘falling’ cervix, uterus or walls of the vagina.

Some women experience more than one of these conditions at the same time.

Any medical conditions or injuries that impact the health of nerves, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, back surgery, spinal injury, multiple sclerosis or childbirth, can weaken the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments. Pelvic floor disorders are treated by doctors who specialize in urogynecology.

Many people are sensitive and embarrassed about their condition, or assume it is a natural result of aging or childbirth. We encourage you to talk to one of our specialists about your pelvic floor health issues. For referral to one of our board certified doctors, call (281) GET-HELP or (281) 438-4357.

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