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What Are Female Pelvic Floor Disorders?

The pelvic floor is a set of ligaments, muscles, and connective tissue in the lowest part of the pelvis that provides support for a woman's internal organs. This includes bladder, bowel, rectum, uterus, and vagina. Pelvic floor disorders can occur when women have tears in the connective tissue or when women have weakened pelvic muscles. When this occurs, women may begin to have problems controlling their bladder and bowels.

Symptoms of pelvic floor disorders include:

  • Frequent urination, painful urination, or urinary incontinence
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Difficulty emptying their bladder or having a bowel movement, or an overactive bladder
  • Unusual or abnormal feeling of pain and pressure in the pelvis
  • Bowel, gas or stool leakage

Treatment options:

In some cases, exercises targeting the pelvic floor can help reduce symptoms. A specially trained physical therapist uses treatment methods including:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Postural re-education
  • Manual therapy
  • EMG/biofeedback
  • Pelvic Floor E-Stim
  • Behavioral modifications

Surgical intervention may also be used to treat pelvic floor disorder. Talk with your physician about the right treatment option for you.

A referral is required for pelvic health treatment. Call (843) 970-5060 for more information.