Learn More about Pelvic Floor Disorders
During their lifetime, women go through several changes such as menstruation and pregnancy, as well as weight fluctuations. When these changes occur together with aging, the woman body may be affected. A major concern is, however, the pelvic floor. It is the pelvic floor that works as the sling holding the bladder, bowel, and reproductive organs in their right position. Over time, the pelvic floor may weaken which may lead to a host of other problems.
The pelvic floor is made of muscles and ligaments. As a result of weak pelvic floor muscles, trouble with bowel movement, pain, discomfort, and incontinence might occur. However, the issue of a weakened pelvic floor can be treated through intervention by a professional doctor. A specialist in pelvic medicine is known as urogynecologist. They are specialist in the field of female pelvic medicine or urogynecology.
Although they go through standard training to that of OBGYN, they normally specialize in treating the female pelvic muscles, connective tissues, and organs. Therefore, they are more qualified to treat problems caused by weak pelvic floor muscles. Such problems are such as pelvic floor dysfunction which is the inability to control pelvic floor muscles.
The muscles of the pelvic floor will relax and contract to allow bowel movement, urination, as well as sexual intercourse in women. When you have pelvic floor dysfunction, the muscles are forced to contract rather than relax. As a result, difficulty in bowel movement occurs. If the pelvic floor dysfunction is not treated, infection, discomfort, and colon damage may occur.
When the symptoms become bothersome and restrict you from various activities, you need to seek help from a professional urogynecologist such as Dr. Lotze. Because the bladder will have dropped, you will have more urge to go to the bathroom or you might experience urinary incontinence. Other symptoms include lose control because of a shift in your bowel. You may also have rectum or vagina bulges.
You might also experience severe bleeding in emergency situations. These pelvic floor disorders are usually treatable. A professional urogynecologist will recommend a treatment plan based on your situation. Nonsurgical treatments are usually given for mild cases. You doctor might recommend Kegel exercises with the intention of strengthening the pelvic floor. When the Kegel exercises are carried out correctly and routinely, symptoms of prolapse can improve. There are also other nonsurgical treatments such as medication and injections that are given to boost bladder control. Such medications assist in bladder control as well as preventing frequent bowel or loose bowel. Devices can also be used.
A surgical procedure would be recommended if other treatments are not effective. To restore your pelvic floor support, surgery may be used.