Childbirth is one of the main causes for pelvic floor disorders, and it can become more severe with each birth, especially if the labor was long or difficult. There are many things all women should know about pelvic floor disorders so let’s review them one at a time.
Pelvic Floor Disorders Are Common But Treatable
The pelvic floor houses the bladder, bowels, rectum, uterus, and vagina. It helps to maintain and keep these organs in position. Although pelvic floor disorders are a common problem especially for women, they are treatable.
When you have any type of pelvic floor dysfunction, you are unable to relax and coordinate the muscles in that area of your body. Instead your body tightens the muscles making ordinary functions more difficult and leading to many issues.
Stress Incontinence From Pelvic Floor Disorders
Stress incontinence can be a result of a pelvic floor disorder where coughing or sneezing can lead to involuntary leaks of either urine or fecal matter. This can be common in younger women and is a result of pressure, being overweight, or lack of support of the urethra. It can be treated with physical therapy or beginning a series of Kegel exercises.
Another issue associated with pelvic floor disorders is an overactive bladder where you urinate more than 8 times in a 24 hour period and especially during the night. It can be caused by caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks and spicy foods. This can be minimized with retraining your bladder and medications.
Prolapse is a more serious consequence of pelvic floor dysfunctions. In this case there is a total relaxation of the muscles which stretch out including the possibility of protruding from the vagina or rectum.
Symptoms Of Pelvic Floor Disorders
Some of the most common symptoms include the following:
- Constipation and straining during a bowel movement
- Leaking stool or urine
- Painful urination
- Pain in the pelvic region or genitals
- Pain in the lower back area with no known cause
- Discomfort during sexual intercourse