Pelvic floor disorder is a fairly common gynecological condition that affects roughly 1 in 3 women after childbirth. Unfortunately, regardless of its high prevalence in general population, pelvic floor disorder is a least talked about topic that most women of childbearing age are not even aware of.
Pelvic floor is a misnomer in a sense that it is not a flat tissue; instead it is formed by multiple layers of muscles, connective tissues and rich network of blood vessels and nerves. The goal of pelvic floor is to support and stabilize pelvic organs such as cervix, vagina, bowels, urinary bladder, uterus, and other organs.
Following are classic sign and symptoms of pelvic floor disorder. It is noteworthy that all women do not develop these symptoms:
It is imperative to mention that pelvic floor disorder is a not a normal side effect of pregnancy or delivery. It is in fact a serious obstetric complication that can be avoided with simple interventions.
According to latest statistics reported by National Institutes of Health, investigators suggested that pelvic floor disorder affects 1 in 3 women. The risk increases with advancing age, multiple pregnancies and complicated childbirths. The incidence in different age groups is
Kegel exercises refers to maneuvers that are helpful at pelvic toning and strengthening. In about 50-70% cases, women achieve moderate relief from the symptoms of stress incontinence. However, more complicated symptoms require more intense workout/ training. It is very important to do the exercise properly after correctly identifying the pelvic muscles.
Research indicates that in a small percentage of women, pelvic training by kegel exercise doesn’t help as much. This is especially true in women who experiences serious trauma, injury or tear of pelvic muscles as part of over-pushing in childbirth; thereby leading to over-contraction and ascent of muscles.
Treatment of this debilitating condition is possible. If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor disorder, speak to Dr. Hoang who specializes in female reproductive and pelvic health. Treatment methods may range from lifestyle modification and pelvic exercises to more invasive procedure like surgical intervention. While one may think that surgery is a quick fix, it is not that case. In most cases, surgery causes more harm to already weak and inflamed pelvis.
Dr. Hoang specializes in pelvic tightening exercises that diminishes the need for more invasive procedures. This involves comprehensive physical therapy exercises that aims at tightening the pelvic floor muscles to restore the tone and strength of tissues that support your pelvic organs.