What is pelvic floor weakness?
Pelvic floor dysfunction comprises of a group of clinical conditions that includes urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sensory and emptying abnormalities of the lower urinary tract, defecatory dysfunction, sexual dysfunction and several chronic pain syndromes, including vulvodynia. The three most common and definable conditions encountered clinically are urinary incontinence, anal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. It occurs both in men and women.
What are the factors responsible for causing pelvic floor and bladder weakness?
Pelvic floor and bladder weakness is a result of a combination of factors, which includes:
- Chronic coughing
- Heavy lifting
- Disorders of the nerves to the pelvic floor
- Birth defects
How do I know I have pelvic floor and bladder weakness?
Usually, pelvic floor disorders result in hernias, where the organs protrude abnormally because of the weakened supporting structure. Hernias tend to appear when you are upright, straining, or coughing and tend to disappear when you are lying down and relaxing. Women may feel pressure or sense of fullness in the pelvis or have problems with urination or bowl movements.
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