“One in three women have a pelvic floor disorder that leads to problems with bladder control, pelvic organ prolapse [falling from their normal positions], or bowel dysfunction,” says Duke urogynecologist Anthony Visco, MD. “And many women we see have been living with their condition for many years, either because they were uncomfortable bringing it up with their physician or because they thought there were no real treatment options.”
Men can have pelvic issues, too, but, like women, assume that there isn’t anything that will help.
Nothing could be further from the truth, says Natalie Sebba of Duke Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, a group of physical therapists who are dedicated exclusively to these types of disorders and who have helped countless men and women reduce and even cure incontinence, pelvic pain, and other conditions. “Women will say, ‘Leaking urine is normal.’ It may be common,” Sebba says, “but it’s definitely not normal.” And often the problems can be radically improved—even altogether resolved—by simple, often noninvasive techniques.