Pelvic Floor Disorders: What You Need To Know
Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFDs) are conditions that can affect your sexual health, urinary function, and overall well-being. In this blog post, we will be discussing the different types of PFDs, as well as the symptoms that may indicate you may have one. We will also provide information on how to identify and treat PFDs, as well as some useful resources for further reading. Stay safe and healthy!
Causes of Pelvic Floor Disorders
There are a few factors that can cause pelvic floor disorders, including childbirth, obesity, and genetics. Some of the most common pelvic floor disorders include:
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP): This is when the pelvic organs – such as the bladder, uterus, and bowel – slip out of their normal position. POP can be caused by various factors, such as age, obesity, childbirth, and history of strains or injuries to the muscles surrounding the pelvic area.
Prolapsed urethra: When the urethra – which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder – slips down into the vagina or rectum, it’s called a prolapsed urethra. Prolapsed urethras can be caused by childbirth, obesity, long-term urinary tract infections (UTIs), and rectal cancer.
Inability to have an orgasm: This is one of the most common symptoms attributed to pelvic floor disorders. The inability to have an orgasm can be due to problems with ejaculation or orgasmic function (i.e., being able to achieve an erection and achieve sexual climax). Problems with ejaculation may be due to issues with the nerves that control ejaculation (the spinal cord), while problems with Orgasmic Function may be due to issues with muscles in your pelvis (the perineum).
Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Disorders
Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) are a group of conditions that can cause vaginal, anal, or pelvic pain and other symptoms. The most common PFD is a pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is caused by a virus that spreads from the vagina or anus to the uterus or fallopian tubes.
It can also be caused by bacteria or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). PID can lead to serious complications in women, including premature birth, infertility, and chronic pain. Other PFDs include uterine prolapse, which is when the uterus falls out of the pelvis; rectal prolapse, which is when the rectum prolapses into the lower intestine; and female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision.
How is Disorder diagnosed?
Pelvic Floor Disorder is diagnosed by a doctor through a physical exam and a review of the patient’s medical history. A pelvic exam is typically done to check for any signs of bladder or bowel problems, as well as to check for other possible health issues. The doctor will also ask about the patient’s symptoms, which may include pain during sexual activity, urinary or bowel leakage, and difficulty with bowel or sexual function.
If the doctor believes that the patient has a pelvic floor disorder, he or she may refer the patient to a specialist for further evaluation. Specialists who can diagnose pelvic floor disorders include urologists, gynecologists, and physiatrists. Treatment options vary depending on the type of pelvic floor disorder diagnosed but often involve rigorous exercise and rehabilitation programs.
Therapies for Pelvic Floor Disorders
There are several therapies for pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), which can include conditions like stress urinary incontinence (SUI), overactive bladder, and vaginal prolapse. Some treatments, such as surgery or Botox injections, are more invasive than others, but all of them aim to restore function and quality of life.
Some patients may find relief from self-care measures like exercises and biofeedback therapy, while others may require medication or surgery. Surgery is the most common form of treatment for PFDs, but it can be expensive and there is a risk of complications. If self-care isn’t working or if you’re considering surgery, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following therapies:
– Biofeedback therapy: This involves using sensors to measure how well you’re managing your symptoms. Biofeedback devices can help you learn how to relax your muscles and improve your bladder control on your own.
– Medications: Many medications are available to treat PFDs. These medications work by either relaxing the muscles or stopping the activity that causes the symptoms. Your doctor will decide which medication is best for you based on your symptoms and other medical factors.
– Surgery: Surgery is often necessary when other treatments haven’t worked effectively. It can help restore function and quality of life by correcting problems with the bladder, urethra, vagina, or anus. Various surgical options are available, including hysterectomy (removal
Treatment for Pelvic Floor Disorders
Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) are common and can seriously impact your quality of life. There are many different types of PFDs, and each requires a different type of treatment. Some common treatments for PFDs include surgery, physical therapy, and medication. Here is a brief overview of the most common PFDs and the most commonly used treatments for them:
1. PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the pelvic area. It is most commonly caused by bacteria, but can also be caused by viruses. Treatment for PID typically includes antibiotics and often involves surgery to remove the affected part of the vagina or rectum.
2. UTI: Urinary Tract Infection is an infection of the urinary tract (including the kidneys, bladder, and urethra). It is usually caused by bacteria, but can also be caused by viruses or other parasites. Treatment for UTI typically includes antibiotics and often involves antibiotics as well as pain relief medication to relieve symptoms such as burning urine or kidney pain.
3. Vaginitis: Vaginitis is an infection of the vaginas or vulvas. It can be caused by various things, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs), Candida yeast overgrowth, bad hygiene, or even pregnancy-related changes in your vaginal flora (the good bacteria that live inside your vagina). Treatment for vaginitis typically includes antibiotics and often involves douching to clean out
Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) can be a frustrating and debilitating condition. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible:
Pain during or after sex, difficulty urinating, chronic diarrhea or constipation, prolapse of the bladder or rectum, and urinary incontinence. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help restore the quality of life for many women suffering from PFDs.