The words pelvic floor disorder are not something any woman wants to hear from her doctor, but for millions of females around the world, it becomes an increasing concern with every birthday that goes by. Not that it’s a medical condition strictly limited to women of a certain age, however. In fact, you don’t have to be cursing the heat flashes of menopause to be experiencing the effects of a pelvic floor disorder.
The pelvic floor itself consists of a system of muscles and tissues that extend from the pubic bone to the tailbone, basically forming a sling-like structure that not only provides a physical support system for pelvic organs including uterus, bladder, urethra, vagina, and rectum; but also helps control their ability to function properly. When those all-important pelvic muscles weaken, they cause a number of unfortunate conditions such as prolapse—a slipping of the organs—that are collectively classified by the term pelvic floor disorder. They’re literally falling down on the job, and the unfortunate side effects can include pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and bowel dysfunction.
Admittedly, it’s a condition that greatly sees an increased rate of occurrence in older women, simply due to the fact that their bodies have naturally aged and—more often than not—have been through the physical stresses of childbirth. Age and childbirth aside, however, there are certainly other contributing factors to pelvic floor disorder, even those that seem unrelated. Weight, diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, and exercise all bear greatly on your chances of suffering from a pelvic floor disorder like a bladder prolapse or any other type of pelvic organ prolapse, which also means that making specific changes to those areas of your life can also reduce or relieve your prolapse symptoms. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through Kegels, which are a series of controlled contractions of the muscles, has also been proven to be an extremely effective treatment method. Other factors such as nerve damage, neurological disorders, and injury or surgery to the pelvic region might require more intense treatments such as surgery, medication, or the implantation of a nerve stimulating device called a neurotransmitter; but a pelvic floor disorder is highly treatable, which also means that living free from the pain, embarrassment, and physical limitations of the condition is achievable.
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