Prolaspe - Dr. Hendrix, D.O.
Facts about Prolaspe
What is pelvic floor disorder?
Women with weakness of the pelvic muscles or tears in the connective tissue may begin to have problems controlling their bladders and bowels. They often describe urine leakage, bowel gas or stool leakage, overactive bladders, difficulty emptying their bladders or difficulty having bowel movements. Some women also feel or see tissue coming out of the opening of the vagina. This can be a prolapsing cervix and uterus or the walls of the vagina.
- Urinary incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
- Voiding dysfunction
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Interstitial Cystitis
What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is comprised of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue at the base of the abdomen which protect and support the main organs of the lower abdomen (bladder, uterus, vagina, intestines and rectum). By providing support, the pelvic floor prevents these organs from dropping below their normal positions.
Pelvic floor disorders can lead to:
- Incontinence – loss of bladder or bowel control and leakage of urine or feces
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse – Descent of pelvic organs including dropped uterus, bladder, vagina or rectum.
- Chronic Pelvic Pain- Discomfort, burning or other uncomfortable pelvic symptoms, including bladder or urethral pain
- Overactive Bladder – Frequent need to urinate, uncomfortable bladder pressure, urge incontinence and difficulty holding a full bladder
- Emptying Disorders – Difficulty urinating or moving bowels
Physical therapy – Specialized physical therapy and exercises can help women strengthen the muscles that surround and support the urethra, bladder, vagina and rectum. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a proven treatment for urinary incontinence.
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