In their life, women will experience a number of changes including menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and even weight fluctuations. Together with aging, these changes affect the woman body in several ways. One area for concern is the pelvic floor disorders. The pelvic floor has muscles and ligaments that hold the bowel, bladder, and reproductive organs in the proper position. Due to several reasons, the pelvic floor can become weak over time leading to other problems.
A group of muscles and ligaments usually make up the pelvic floor. When these pelvic floor muscles are weakened, you start to realize problems with bowel movement, incontinence, pain, and bleeding may occur. A professional would, however, assist in treating weakened pelvic floor. A specialist in pelvic medicine is known as urogynecologist. They specialize in female pelvic medicine also known as urogynecology.
Although they go through standard training to that of OBGYN, they normally specialize in treating the female pelvic muscles, connective tissues, and organs. This makes them more qualified for weak pelvic floor muscles. Among such problems include pelvic floor dysfunction that affects the ability to control your pelvic floor muscles.
Pelvic floor muscles relax and contract making it possible for urination, bowel movement, and sexual intercourse in women. When you suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, the muscles will contract instead of relaxing. This results in difficulty with bowel movement. When the condition is not treated, other problems such as colon damage, discomfort, and infection may occur.
Once the symptoms persist and prevent you from some activities, consider visiting a specialist like Dr. Lotze. Since the bladder has dropped, an increased urge to visit bathroom occurs and you may also suffer from urinary incontinence. Other symptoms include lose control because of a shift in your bowel. You may also have rectum or vagina bulges.
During emergency situations, you may experience severe bleeding. However, pelvic floor disorders can be treated. A professional urogynecologist will recommend a treatment plan based on your situation. Nonsurgical treatments are usually given for mild cases. You doctor might recommend Kegel exercises with the intention of strengthening the pelvic floor. When the Kegel exercises are carried out correctly and routinely, symptoms of prolapse can improve. The also other treatments options that do not involve surgery like injections for bladder control, as well as medications. Such medications assist in bladder control as well as preventing frequent bowel or loose bowel. Devices can also be used.
Your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure when other treatment options do not work for you. For prolapse, surgery would help in restoring pelvic floor support.