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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

It’s Not Working for You

Many women all over the world suffer from a pelvic floor dysfunction of some kind, and the chances of that only increases with age. Unfortunately, the symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction are often embarrassing, painful, and sometimes even limiting to a woman’s quality of life; but because the topic is one so personal in nature, it can often go unaddressed until the situation is at its worst.

For some women, the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction include pelvic pain, painful intercourse, urinary incontinence, and defecatory dysfunction; and because they feel unwilling or unable to discuss their problem with their physicians, family, or friends, they feel alone in their pain and embarrassment, unaware that they can actually find relief.

The pelvic floor is actually a grouping of muscles that are attached to the front, sides, and back of the sacral bone and the pelvic bone which provide physical support to the pelvic organs. These muscles also wrap around the vagina, the urethra, and the rectum, which means that all of these organs are directly affected in the event of any sort of muscle failure or dysfunction.

Abnormal Behavior

Consultation with a urogynecologist or other medical specialist will be required to correctly diagnose a pelvic floor dysfunction, so being aware of all of the symptoms is crucial.

Additional indications of a pelvic floor dysfunction include:

  • The inability to properly control urination
  • Pain during urination
  • An inability to completely empty the bladder
  • Urgent or frequent urination
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Constipation
  • Erratic spasms of the pelvic floor muscles

Corrective Measures

Fortunately, treating a pelvic floor dysfunction does not necessarily require surgery. Some women will find relief using prescription medications such as muscle relaxants; changing their posture and incorporating targeted stretching and physical therapy exercises into their daily routine; and learning techniques to manually massage the rectal or vaginal muscles. In some cases of pelvic floor dysfunction, the best treatment options will include the use of some type of therapy or medical device such as biofeedback; electrical stimulation through the use of electrodes to stimulate and relax pelvic floor muscles and desensitize the nerves; or the application of cold lasers to relieve pain and inflammation or stimulate the healing of a wound.

As you consider your own health and your desire to live free from pain and suffering, remember that you’re not alone. Discuss your concerns with your doctor so that you can find real, lasting relief and reclaim your hope in the future.

Let your body function at its best! Give the staff at Coyle Institute a call today!