Pelvic floor disorders occur when the pelvic floor — which includes the muscles, blood vessels, and nerves that support the bladder, rectum, uterus, and vagina — doesn’t work as it should. While aging can make pelvic floor disorders more likely, they are not a normal part of aging.
Types of pelvic floor disorders include:
- Urinary incontinence: loss of bladder control
- Fecal incontinence: loss of bowel control
- Pelvic organ prolapse: bladder or other pelvic organ drops and presses on the walls of the vagina
Pelvic floor disorders can hurt your quality of life and affect your ability to use the restroom. Treatments with experts at University of Miami Health can help you strengthen your pelvic floor and regain control over your bathroom habits.
Your gynecologist may feel signs of pelvic organ prolapse during your routine pelvic exam, or can diagnose a pelvic floor disorder based on your symptoms.
During this test, your physician inserts a specialized camera through your urethra into your bladder to look for causes of urinary incontinence.
Urodynamic testing shows how well your bladder and urethra work, and can help you determine if you need surgery for a pelvic floor disorder.
Pelvic Floor Muscle Training
This type of physical therapy strengthens your pelvic floor to help stop incontinence.
Your doctor may prescribe medicines to help you better control symptoms of urinary or fecal incontinence.
A pessary is a special device inserted into your vagina to help keep your pelvic organs in place.
Your gynecologist can insert a mesh sling around your urethra (opening where urine comes out) or bladder to lift and hold them into place.
During prolapse surgery, your surgeon will move your pelvic organs back into position and insert slings to hold them there.
Products like catheters, pads, or urethra inserts can help you manage symptoms of urinary incontinence.
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