Overcoming Pelvic Floor Disorders
A common problem that's easily treated
A new study by Kaiser Permanente found that one-third of women suffer from one or more pelvic floor disorders, which include symptoms such as the frequent urge to urinate, dropped pelvic organs and incontinence.
The female pelvis acts like a bowl, holding such important organ systems as the lower urinary tract, including the bladder and urethra; the reproductive tract, made up of the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries; and the lower intestinal tract, including loops of small bowel, the sigmoid colon and rectum. All these structures rest on the pelvic floor muscles. Together, they are called the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor muscles run from the pubic bone in front to the tailbone in back. They serve important functions of support and control.
For many, pelvic floor disorders can interfere with everyday activities. Though pelvic floor dysfunction is extremely common—affecting more than one-third of women—it is not the inevitable result of aging or having children. Symptoms are very treatable. Learning more about them can be the first step.
Watch Fareesa Khan, MD, discuss pelvic floor disorders and treatment options
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