Women are incredible and complex beings, and our physical bodies are no different. Every single day, our brain, heart, lungs, and limbs work together to accomplish everything from eating breakfast in the morning to running a marathon. Every part of our body plays a role in our overall health and success, and that includes the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is an all-encompassing term that refers to the muscular base of the abdomen that attaches to the pelvis. This base contains the bladder, bowel, vagina, rectum, and uterus. Today we’d like to share a little bit about the different types of pelvic floor disorders, symptoms to look out for, and which populations are most at risk. We will also share some vital information on how we can help you regain and maintain pelvic floor health with innovative solutions and personalized care.
Pelvic Floor Disorders and Symptoms
Some of the most common pelvic floor disorders are fallen bladder, fallen bowel, and pelvic organ prolapse. Many people are unfamiliar with these terms, so here are the fast facts:
Fallen Bladder: Typically, the vaginal wall supports the bladder, holding it up in the proper position in the pelvic floor. However, deterioration of this wall can result in the bladder dropping into the vagina, which in turn causes symptoms such as leaking, discomfort, and difficulty during urination.
Fallen Bowel: Similar to fallen bladder, fallen bowel is when some portion of the bowel drops into the vagina. This can cause symptoms such as pain during bowel movements, inability to control bowel movement, and sometimes a loss of the urge to defecate.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Pelvic organ prolapse is a general term that refers to any pelvic floor organ that comes loose and drops into the vagina. Symptoms include Chronic pelvic pain, lower back pain, pain during sex, frequent urination, frequent stopping /starting during urination, constipation, sensation that bowel movement is incomplete, and frequent bowel movements in a short period of time.
Now that you know a little more about pelvic floor disorders, you might be wondering “what are the causes?” While PFDs can have many causes, some of the most common culprits responsible for weakening the vaginal wall are pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, and straining from chronic constipation. The chances of a woman developing a pelvic floor disorder increase every time she gives birth, and also increase with age and weight-gain. A woman is very in-tune with her body during a pregnancy, but often all attention is turned outward after the baby is born. Whether it’s been a week or a decade since giving birth, it is important that women remain aware of what is and isn’t normal for their body, and seek medical attention when life-altering symptoms present themselves. We’re here to help!
Feel Like Yourself Again
Pelvic floor disorders can cause a great deal of physical discomfort and embarrassment. No woman should have to walk through life with the fear of losing control of her bladder or anticipating pain or difficulty when using the bathroom. These symptoms can be upsetting and distracting, but thanks to innovative surgical options, you don’t have to endure them any longer. While the term “surgery” can rub people the wrong way, we’re here to assure you the medical field has made incredible gains in creating minimally invasive procedures that will change your life. Dr. Kaldas has unparalleled experience in using minimally invasive techniques, and has performed over 30,000 procedures to date. Imagine a world where pain and anxiety caused by pelvic disorders is erased, and you feel like yourself again.
Maintaining Pelvic Floor Health
Whether you’ve experienced pelvic floor disorders and are on the road to recovery or you’re looking to take some preventative action, there are many ways to promote pelvic floor health. One measure to consider is pelvic floor exercises. Unlike some workout routines, this exercise doesn’t require any fancy equipment or expensive gym memberships. Simply follow these steps in the comfort of your own home:
Identify your pelvic floor muscles by stopping the flow in the middle of urination (should not be done as an exercise once muscles are identified)
While sitting, standing, or lying down, relax the muscles of your thighs, stomach, and buttocks.
Squeeze the muscles in your pelvic area as though you were trying to stop the flow of urine. Combine this with squeezing muscles as if you were trying to stop passing gas.
Hold these squeezes for up to 10 seconds, then relax.
Throughout the exercise, maintain comfortable breathing. Nothing should be tense above the belly button.
Another method for maintaining pelvic floor health is a no-brainer, schedule your regular check-ups. As a general rule, women should get wellness checks once per year. This is a great opportunity to discuss questions and concerns with your doctor, and find out if there is anything out of the ordinary going on in your pelvic floor. Knowledge is power, and recognizing when something isn’t right is the first step on the road to health and wellness.