The Pelvic Floor is comprised of the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and nerves that help support and control the rectum, uterus, vagina and bladder. The pelvic floor can be damaged or compromised by childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease or surgery.
Symptoms associated with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction include:
- Urinary incontinence or loss of bowel control;
- Descent of pelvic organs that results in a bulge and/or pressure;
- Difficulty urinating or moving bowels;
- Discomfort, burning or other uncomfortable pelvic symptoms;
- Frequent and/or urgent need to urinate or difficulty holding a full bladder.
Urogynecology is a surgical sub-specialty that combines Obstetrics and Gynecology with Urology and is dedicated to the treatment of pelvic floor disorders in women.