Have you ever worried about not being able to make it to the bathroom in time when you are out in public or at work? Are you afraid that the pelvic pain you experience with intercourse may have a serious and negative impact on your current or future relationship? If these symptoms sound familiar you may have Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) is an incredibly common disorder that is rarely talked about. Because of the sensitive nature of PFD, it is often never treated leaving tens of thousands of women to suffer with a problem that can be easily cured in many instances.
PFD has an incredibly broad range of symptoms that correlate with their diagnosis. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- A fullness, pulling or ache in the vagina that worsens by the end of the day or with a bowel movement
- Difficulty starting to urinate or completely emptying the bladder
- Frequent UTI’s
- Leaking urine with coughing, laughing or exercising
- Pain while urinating or with intercourse
- Fecal incontinence or difficulty controlling gas
- Difficulty making it to the bathroom in time.
As stated above, there are several causes of pelvic floor dysfunction. (The list below is by no means exhaustive.)
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Factors that put pressure on the pelvic floor such as:
- Being overweight or obese
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic coughing
- Getting older
- Having weaker tissues
- Radiation treatment
You are not alone. In fact, more than one-third of U.S. women have pelvic floor dysfunction and almost twenty five percent of women in the United States have one or more pelvic floor dysfunctions that cause symptoms. Dealing with urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic floor pain or prolapse does not have to be a part of your life forever. If you want to know to know more about Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and what you can do about it today, give us a call.