Pelvic floor dysfunction is a reference to different issues that happen when muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or if there is a problem with the sacroiliac joint, lower back, coccyx, or hip joints.
Some problems that would fall under pelvic floor dysfunction are as follows:
- Urinary incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Sexual dysfunction
Any of these problems can be disturbing and need to be treated as quickly as possible.
Common Causes of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Pelvic floor dysfunction can be caused by a variety of things, but below are the most common:
Having a cesarean section instead of a vaginal birth is not believed to help the problem. Studies show women who have birthed a child vaginally and women who have had a cesarean section have the same problems with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Around one third of women experience one of the problems that are considered pelvic floor dysfunction. Out of these one third of women will opt to undergo surgery to fix such things as urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Sometimes the surgery is not successful. If the surgery was not fully successful, it may be necessary to have one or more surgeries to work towards a full solution.
Vaginal exercises called Kegel exercises are often used to help with pelvic floor dysfunction. Though these are helpful, they do not always provide desired results. There are kegel exercise weights that can be used to help increase the effectiveness these exercises, but if women suffer from a very loose vagina, they may not be able to use these weights properly.
There are other devices that use electrical impulses to stimulate muscle contractions in the vagina. Most women do not enjoy using these devices.
Another option is vaginal tightening cream which is applied to the inside of the vagina. Most formulas are natural and do not cause harmful side effects, but it is important to check each product considered.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Exercise Video