There are several changes that women go through in their lifetimes such as pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and menstruation. Together with aging, these changes affect the woman body in several ways. One area for concern is the pelvic floor disorders. Normally, the reproductive organs, bladder, and bowel are held in position by the pelvic floor. Due to several reasons, the pelvic floor can become weak over time leading to other problems.
The pelvic floor consists of muscles and ligaments. Once the pelvic floor muscles are weakened, some problems begin to develop such as urinary incontinence, difficulty in bowel movement, bleeding, and pain. However, the issue of a weakened pelvic floor can be treated through intervention by a professional doctor. A specialist in pelvic medicine is known as urogynecologist. This field of female pelvic medicine is referred to 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. Urogynecologists are, therefore, more qualified to handle weak pelvic floor muscles. A common problem is the inability to control the muscles of your pelvic floor also known as pelvic floor dysfunction.
The muscles of the pelvic floor will relax and contract to allow bowel movement, urination, as well as sexual intercourse in women. When you suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, the muscles will contract instead of relaxing. This would lead to problems with bowel movement. Eventually, infection, colon damage, and discomfort would occur if the problem is not treated.
Once the symptoms persist and prevent you from some activities, consider visiting a specialist like Dr. Lotze. When the bladder drops you may experience incontinence or more urge to visit the bathroom. Other symptoms include lose control because of a shift in your bowel. You may also have rectum or vagina bulges.
In an emergency situation, severe bleeding could also occur. These pelvic floor disorders are usually treatable. With the help of a professional urogynecologist, an appropriate treatment plan will be recommended depending on your situation. Based on your situation, a urogynecologist will recommend the appropriate treatment. For mild cases, nonsurgical treatments are given. One such nonsurgical treatment is the Kegel exercises that are intended to strengthen the pelvic floor. When done regularly and correctly, they can improve prolapse symptoms. There are also other nonsurgical treatments such as medication and injections that are given to boost bladder control. These medications are usually given to help in bladder control while preventing loose and frequent bowel movement. Devices can as well be used.
A surgical procedure would be recommended if other treatments are not effective. For prolapse, surgery would help in restoring pelvic floor support.