Understanding and finding solutions for pelvic floor disorder
About 1/3 of women will be affected by this disorder some time during their lifetime; this can be due to an injury, childbirth, surgery, or any other issues around the pelvic bone region, which cause the area to weaken, in turn leading lower pelvic floor’s disorder.
The pelvic floor is made up of a group of various muscles which form around the pelvic bone, and form a sling around the woman’s pelvis.
The muscles, and surrounding tissues keep the pelvis in place, along with all other organs in the surrounding region. The disorder tends to occur if the different muscles in the pelvic region weaken, or tend to get damaged in one of many different manners (injury, surgery, etc).
Pelvic floor disorder: the most common types –
There are several different conditions women can get, the most common ones including:
– prolapse: this happens when the organs and the surrounding tissue are weakened, and are no longer capable of holding organs in their proper location.
There are two kinds of prolapse (uterian – uterus presses on down the vagina, which can lead to it inverting; or, vaginal – where there is a loss of support on the vagina, and it can drop to the vaginal opening).
With prolapse, there are some common symptoms women will experience including: heavy or a feeling fullness; pulling or a bulge feeling in the pelvis area; or, kink (this makes it more difficult for women to release their bladder);
– urinary incontinence: the bladder is lowered into the vagina (urinary leaking is a common symptom of this form of the disorder); or,
– anal incontinence: rectum bulges in the vagina, and this makes it difficult for women to control their bowel movements.
These three forms of the disorder are ones which women will experience most often, and depending on the cause, the symptoms, the levels of pain, and the severity of the case is going to vary for each woman.
Prior to deciding on the treatment options, women have to learn about the different pelvic flood disorder (and should learn what the symptoms are that are related to it), in order to ensure they choose the right treatment options.
Also, prior to making any rash decisions, or choosing to have surgery as the first (or the only) solution, certain women might have other options to consider, which does not require them to have surgery, in the event the pelvic floor disorder can be treated in a different manner.
Treatment options for women to consider –
Although surgery is usually the most common treatment option, depending on the woman, the severity of her case, and what form of the disorder she has, her doctor might suggest a different treatment route to begin with, in order to determine if surgery can be avoided.
In other cases, women have no choice but surgery, in many cases, it will have to be performed right away, if some kind of emergency situation turns up, where surgery is the only solution to the problem.
In many cases women will not even require any form of treatment when dealing with this form of the pelvic disorder condition. In others, something as simple as dietary changes, weight control and management, and changes in their lifestyle, might be the simple solution to the problem they are dealing with.
So, when the case is minor, speaking to the doctor is the first step, to determine whether these things can offer a solution to women who are dealing with this type of disorder.
In other cases women are going to have to undergo surgery, or take some kind of medication, or use a device which is inserted in to the vagina (pessary), which is going to help in supporting the pelvic organs.
There are also kegel exercises which might be the solution to certain problems, in order to help strengthen the urethra, and get the pelvic organs back to their original levels of strength.
Regardless of how major or minor the pelvic floor disorder may seem, women have to seek out advice, and learn the different solutions, problems, and risks they are dealing with, in order to determine the best course of action, and in order to find the right solution for the disorder they are dealing with.