Are your urinary or vaginal areas not functioning right these days? You know your body, and you know something’s wrong. You’re simply not your usual self, and you feel the effects. And maybe even your partner feels the effects. Turns out, you might have Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.
PFD is caused by physical changes which pull those areas downward, impeding the usual flow of things. If you’re pregnant or postpartum, the likelihood is high, but even if not, you can still suffer from PFD in your golden years, or if you’ve had significant weight gain.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, it’s time to head straight to your gynecologist for an assessment. And fret not – thankfully there are solutions.
What Can Be Done About PFD?
Your gynecologist will assess your particular situation and offer suitable solutions for you, either with physical therapy or surgery.
Heard of Kegels? They are exercises that maintain pelvic floor strength. All woman should be doing Kegels routinely, especially during pregnancy and postpartum, but also as they age. There are a variety of Kegel exercises, so ask your gynecologist about what’s recommended.
If you are pregnant, in addition to Kegels, you may also do perineal massage to work the perineal area before the birth. During the birth, work with your provider to be in the optimal position during pushing in order to lower the chances of perineal or pelvic damage.
The most important aspect of PFD is to tell your gynecologist what is going on. You are not alone ― in fact, the NIH reports that the rate of PFD is quite high: A quarter of all women experienced at least one symptom of PFD in a recent study. While the symptoms of PFD can be embarrassing, the solutions will allow you to live your life more fully again. Contact us for more information.