What are Pelvic Floor Disorders? Pelvic floor disorders refers to a range of conditions that stem from the weakening of or damage of the muscles, ligaments and/or tissues in the lower pelvis. A pelvic floor disorder can present itself in various ways, which could include urinary or fecal incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, and other physical or emotional changes. An appointment with a urogynecologist can help you learn a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
At Complete Women’s Care of Alabama, we specialize in nurturing women’s health, including managing pelvic floor conditions that may result from childbirth, aging, surgical complication or other factors. The dedicated doctors at our women’s health centers in Birmingham and Alabaster are here to guide you through your health care journey.
Ready to take the first step? Schedule a pelvic exam today. Call (205) 664-9995 to book an appointment.
Common Pelvic Floor Disorders
The team at Complete Women’s Care of Alabama is well-versed in diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders in women. Below is a list of pelvic floor disorders we treat with a brief description of possible symptoms.
This list is provided for general informational purposes only, and should not be used for self-diagnosis and/or as a substitution for an appointment with a licensed obstetrician-gynecologist. Consider making an appointment for new or gradually changing symptoms. Seek immediate care if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Pelvic floor disorders we treat include:
Blood in Urine
Hematuria is the medical terminology used to refer to the presence of blood in the urine. Blood in the urine could be present as clots or spotting, or as an overall red or pink tint. Other times, blood in the urine may not be visible and is detected through a urine test or lab work.
Diastasis recti describes the condition of increased separation of the abdominal muscles, resulting from a weakness or thinning of the muscle wall. Diastasis recti is commonly the result of muscle separation during and after pregnancy, but can also occur in individuals who have not been pregnant.
Fecal incontinence refers to an inability to control bowel movements, whether occasional or a complete loss of control.
Fistulas, an abnormal connection or passageway in the pelvic area, can develop between the vagina and rectum, vagina and bladder, or between the vagina and the urethra.
Overactive bladder is generally characterized by frequent urination and a persistent urge to urinate, often accompanied by incontinence and/or nocturia (waking up during the night to pee).
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles and tissues supporting the pelvic organs become weak or loose, allowing one or more pelvic organs to drop or press into or out of the vagina.
Pelvic pain refers to a range of symptoms and possible causes, and could present as ongoing cramps, a sharp or stabbing pain, or pain experienced after intercourse or the use of feminine hygiene products
Urinary incontinence can range from mild, with occasional leaking when coughing or sneezing, to severe, with a strong sudden urge to urinate which is hard to control.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A UTI is an infection in the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra that can cause discomfort, burning during urination, frequent urination, fever and/or lower back pain.
Vaginal Mesh Complications
Complications can arise from vaginal mesh, a surgical treatment for pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. Signs of a possible complication can include mesh erosion, infection, bleeding, pain during intercourse, urinary problems and other symptoms.
Weakening of Pelvic Muscles
The weakening of pelvic muscles, often called pelvic floor dysfunction, can lead to problems controlling the bladder and bowels.
Schedule a Pelvic Floor Exam
The team of women’s health physicians at Complete Women’s Care of Alabama is dedicated to delivering exceptional care to our patients at both our Alabaster and Birmingham clinic locations. Your health journey is important to us, and we are here to guide and support you at every turn. Read more about Urogynecology Services offered at Complete Women’s Care of Alabama.
Schedule a pelvic floor examination today. Call (205) 664-9995 for more information.