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10 Signs You Have Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Woman Wondering about Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

“Pelvic floor dysfunction, what’s that? I have never heard of pelvic floor dysfunction. Sure I have had a few kids, but I doubt that I have any pelvic issues. Pelvic issues only happen to little old ladies, not me”

Does this sound like what is running through your head right now?  You are not alone. Many women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, but are unaware that the symptoms they are experiencing are related to their pelvic floor.

Have you ever experienced any of the follow?

  1. Bladder Leakage– Whether it be a small drop with a sneeze or a complete loss of urine while on the way to the restroom, bladder leakage is NOT NORMAL. However it is common. One in three women will experience bladder leakage in their lifetime.
  2. Urgency and Frequency– Do you know where all the bathrooms are in town? Do you urinate more than 7 times a day? Do you constantly feel like you need to pee? Are you getting up at night to pee? If you answered YES to any of these then you are probably dealing with urgency, frequency, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
  3. Fecal Incontinence– This can come in many forms: inability to control gas, staining or smearing on the underwear, fecal urgency, or complete loss of stool.
  4. Bladder pain or Burning with Urination– Many women think that they are dealing with frequent recurrent UTIs and subject themselves to countless rounds of anti-biotics only to have the symptoms not go away. The missing factor may be pelvic floor dysfunction.
  5. Constipation and/or Straining to Have Bowel Movement– We are designed to push to have a bowel movement, but not to strain. Our pelvic floor needs to relax appropriately to let the bowel movement pass We should be having regular bowel movements that are the consistency of soft log.
  6. Pain with Sex, Tampon Use, or Gynecological Examination– These things are not supposed to be painful. Too many women, “grin and bear it” thinking that pain with sex is just part of it. I am here to tell you that it is NOT!
  7. Vaginal Heaviness, Bulging, or Feeling of Falling Out– These symptoms are common signs of a pelvic organ prolapse, where one or more of the pelvic organs starts to push into the vaginal canal and cause these symptoms. TOO MANY WOMEN are told that these symptoms are normal after having children and they just need to live with it until the symptoms are bothersome enough that surgery is needed. This is NOT THE CASE for many women. By identifying and working to rehabilitate their pelvic floor dysfunction, many women can alleviate these symptoms.
  8. Low Back Pain, Abdominal Pain, or Pelvic Pain– Many women are surprised to learn that their low back pain may be caused by pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor is part of our core support system, so if it is not working appropriately then we can get extra stress and strain on our low back, abdominals, or hips.
  9. Difficulty Starting Urine Stream or a Hesitant Urine Stream– We were not designed to push to pee, but many women feel like they need to push to get the urine to come out.
  10. Inability to ‘Kegel’– A kegel exercise is the generic name for a pelvic floor muscle contraction. Contracting the pelvic floor prevents urine or feces from escaping. Research has shown that over 40% of women think they are doing a Kegel exercise correctly, but they are not.

If you answered YES to any of the above then you may have pelvic floor dysfunction. The National Institutes of Health found that pelvic floor disorders affect 10% of women ages 20-39; 27% of women ages 40-59, 37% of women ages 60-79 and nearly 50% of women over 80.

If you have experienced any of the 10 signs listed above you are a perfect candidate to explore the possibility of your pelvic floor being the cause or a contributing factor.

Remember there are treatment options for you! Don’t suffer and compromise your quality of life when the treatment is so easy! If you believe you or someone you know may be dealing with
pelvic floor dysfunction, call our office at 636-225-3649 and
we will help you determine your best treatment options.

5 Comments

  1. Stephanie Barry on July 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Do you except insurance?

    • Brooke Kalisiak on December 10, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      We work with all insurances and are happy to check your benefits for you so that you know what your cost for care may be.

  2. Heather Wilhelm on July 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I’ve done both bladder instillations and physical therapy for a yr to no relief. If you have any other options available then please let me know.

    • Spirit on December 9, 2017 at 1:10 am

      The only thing that helped was strong narcotics. Be prepared to say good bye to everyone (except your mom if you have one)! I found all non narcotic treatment just caused more pain i.e accupunture, botox injections in the vagina, injections in the pelvis, and painful physical therapy. I am now considering going on suboxen b/c the dilaudid has caused the loss of family and friends. I am so lonely and alone. They could not acccept that the pain was that severe and now my dr wants me off of it and that makes me question why i was given the dilaudid to begin.

      • Brooke Kalisiak on December 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm

        We can empathize with your difficult situation. We know that the path to healing and improving pelvic health is not always an easy one. We have many patients who are navigating the use of medications to help their pain and are looking for other options as well. We are happy to discuss your situation with you and see if we are able to assist you.

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