The organs associated with reproduction, bowel movements and urination are impacted the pelvis floor muscles. These muscles coordinate and support the uterus, vagina, anus and bladder, allowing for normal function. Like most muscles, those in the pelvic floor contract and relax when functioning normally. When these muscles do not relax, but constantly tighten, it can cause a gynecology condition known as pelvic floor dysfunction. FEM Women’s Wellness is your source for a pelvic floor dysfunction specialist in the greater Reno and Lake Tahoe, NV, area.
What Causes Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Women?
Strain or injury on the pelvic floor muscles can result in functional problems. Pregnancy and childbirth are common causes of pelvic floor dysfunction, but there are other possible contributing factors. Impact to the pelvis during motor vehicle or other accidents may increase risks of pelvic floor dysfunction. Straining and overuse of the muscles, as well as aging and weight gain, can contribute to this condition.
Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
When the pelvic muscles do not relax properly, it can affect urination, bowel movements and incontinence. Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction include:
- Urinary or stool incontinence (leaking)
- Frequent need to urinate
- Pain or pressure when urinating or having a bowel movement
- Difficulty evacuating the bowels or bladder
- Pain in the low back area
Pelvic floor dysfunction can be resolved, but it usually requires medical treatment. Our pelvic floor dysfunction specialist at FEM Women’s Wellness can provide a diagnosis of this condition and recommend treatment. Biofeedback, physical therapy, medications and relaxation exercises can help many patients successfully overcome this condition, but it requires time and commitment. Surgery is not a treatment option for pelvic floor dysfunction.
If you have noticed changes in your urination or bowel movements, incontinence or pelvic pain/pressure, it is possible that you are experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction. To schedule an exam with one of our pelvic floor dysfunction specialists at FEM Women’s Wellness, contact our office today. We offer effective treatment options to provide relief and improved wellness with minimally invasive procedures at our facility in the Carson City, Reno and Lake Tahoe, NV, area.