Nearly half of all women experience pelvic floor dysfunction that include:
- urinary incontinence, bladder leakage, and fecal incontinence
- pelvic organ prolapse (dropped bladder, vagina, uterus or rectum)
- recurrent urinary tract infections, voiding difficulties and vaginal fistulas
Childbirth, constipation, obesity, respiratory problems and other conditions can weaken the pelvic muscles. In advanced cases, the upper section of the vagina or portions of the pelvic area drop into the vaginal canal. Too often, women don’t seek medical care because they are embarrassed, or don’t realize a variety of treatments can help.
Learn about preparing your pelvic floor for childbirth.