Have you ever leaked a little urine when coughing, sneezing, or jumping?
While this may be common, it is not normal. Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is a condition that affects many men and women. It is estimated that in women the prevalence of PFD of one or more conditions is around 25%. This condition affects women of all ages, and not just women who have had children. As one can image, PFD can be embarrassing to talk about. But if it is not discussed, it can lead to changes affecting how one lives her life.
In women, the function of the pelvic floor muscles, ligaments, and fascia all work together to support the bladder, bowel, rectum, uterus, and vagina. If there is weakness or too much tension this can lead to pelvic floor dysfunction.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can be due to some of the following diagnoses:
- Stress incontinence
- Urgency incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Dysparunia (painful intercourse)
- Pelvic pain
- Bowel dysfunction
Our doctor of physical therapy, Annie Chesterfield, is our pelvic health specialist and is currently treating women with pelvic floor dysfunction. She has participated in pelvic floor courses to take her training above and beyond by Herman and Wallace addressing conditions of the urogenital system. If you have questions or feel that you would benefit from an evaluation, please call to get more information on appointment with Annie. Learn more on our Physical Therapy page.