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Do you have a constant urge to pee? Are you leaking urine? Do you feel pressure in your vagina? One of the most uncomfortable — and awkward — conditions that afflict women are pelvic floor disorders.
One in three women will experience a pelvic floor disorder in the course of her lifetime. Yet, many won’t talk about it. Research suggests women often wait about six and a half years to talk to their doctor about their bladder problems.
Your pelvic floor is the group of muscles and ligaments in your pelvic region. Contracting and relaxing these muscles allows you to control your bowel movements and urination.
Typically, the pelvic organs — the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum — are supported and held in place by the pelvic floor. Sometimes this support system becomes stretched or torn, making it hard to control the pelvic floor muscles.
Life events or conditions can weaken the pelvic muscles or tear connective tissue. Some causes of pelvic floor disorders include:
Pelvic floor disorders include bladder and bowel problems and prolapse of the female organs:
Not sure if you may have an issue? Use this screening tool to find out. If you answer "yes" to one or more of the below questions, talk to your physician about your symptoms and ask to be referred to a urogynecologist:
Bladder control symptoms
Many women experience a pelvic floor disorder. If you're one of them, you don’t have to live with it. Find a doctor now so you can get back to life as usual.
The Women’s Center for Pelvic Medicine at Edward-Elmhurst Health has board-certified, fellowship-trained urogynecologists who specialize in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. We offer surgical and non-surgical approaches to the management of urinary incontinence, voiding difficulties, uterine and vaginal prolapse, genitourinary fistulas and mesh-related complications.
Roberta Blandon, M.D., is a urogynecologist with the Women’s Center for Pelvic Medicine at Edward-Elmhurst Health. Read her profile.
Join us on for a Lunch and Learn on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Elmhurst Hospital., as Dr. Roberta Blandon talks about pelvic floor disorders and treatments available to improve or put an end to these problems. Register now.
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