Pelvic Health & Pelvic Floor Therapy FAQ

Pelvic Health & Pelvic Floor Therapy FAQ

The women’s health physicians and urogynecologists at Complete Women’s Care of Alabama specialize in treating pelvic floor conditions and supporting pelvic floor health. Wellness is a lifelong journey — we encourage you to ask questions and play an active role in your healthcare. Our women’s health centers in Birmingham and Alabaster, Alabama, are here to provide consultative care for your pelvic floor health. 

Call our office today at (205) 664-9995 to schedule a pelvic exam.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pelvic Floor Conditions

Pelvic floor disorders can present in different ways and should be evaluated by a Board Certified Urogynecologist, who can identify underlying causes and develop a treatment plan for any symptoms you may be experiencing. The questions and answers below are provided for general informational purposes only, and should not be used in place of an appointment with a medical professional. Please seek care if you are experiencing a medical emergency.  

“What is the pelvic floor?”

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments and tissues that span the base of the pelvis. Your pelvic floor supports vital organs including the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. It plays a crucial role in ensuring the proper function and support of these pelvic organs, as well as aiding in urinary and fecal incontinence and sexual function.

“When should you see a pelvic floor specialist?”

A pelvic floor disorder could range from something subtle and inconvenient to severely affecting your quality of life. Read more about common pelvic floor conditions

If you notice mild pain or discomfort, or other new pelvic health symptoms, please contact Complete Women’s Care of Alabama to schedule an appointment. Symptoms of pelvic floor disorders can include: 

    • Discomfort in the pelvic floor and/or lower back 
    • Pelvic muscle weakness or strain
    • Urinary or rectal leakage 

“What causes pelvic floor conditions?”

Common causes of pelvic floor conditions can include: 

    • Aging
    • Co-occurring health conditions
    • Hormonal changes
    • Obesity
    • Pregnancy & birth
    • Previous pelvic surgery
    • Traumatic injury to the pelvic area

The above are the most common causes of pelvic floor conditions, but your health journey is as unique and individual as you are, and the cause of any symptoms you may be experiencing can only be determined by a licensed medical professional. Call (205) 664-9995 to make an appointment with a urogynecologist.

How are pelvic floor conditions treated?”

Treatment of a pelvic floor condition is tailored to the individual’s symptoms, and may include lifestyle modifications, pelvic floor physical therapy, medication or surgical intervention. The physicians at Complete Women’s Care of Alabama provide a variety of treatment options to improve your symptoms and your quality of life.

What can you expect at a pelvic floor health appointment?”

A pelvic exam or rectal exam may be conducted to diagnose and assess your situation. We aim to deliver a personalized and compassionate care experience. Every exam includes time for consultation. You will have the opportunity to discuss your symptoms and concerns with our experienced urogynecologists, fostering an open dialogue to understand your condition better. Your comfort and clarity are our priority.

If you wish to speak with a nurse before your appointment, please call us at (205) 664-9995. We are here to provide the pelvic floor health care you deserve.

Is pelvic pain normal?”

It is not uncommon for women to have general pelvic area pain resulting from menstrual cramps. This pain could be the result of something minor and expected, or could indicate something more severe. If you are generally feeling well and you are experiencing new pelvic area pain, or pain that has gradually changed in intensity, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

If you are experiencing sudden or severe pelvic pain, please seek emergency care or call 911. 

When I cough or sneeze, I pee a little. Is this normal?”

Peeing when you cough, sneeze or exercise your pelvic floor area is common, but it is also treatable — leaking urine is not something you should have to live with forever. Schedule a pelvic floor exam with one of our doctors to discuss a pelvic health treatment plan. 

What pelvic floor therapy exercises should I do?”

Pelvic floor therapy exercises can be done at home or with a trained pelvic floor physical therapist. These exercises are commonly used as part of a treatment plan for pelvic floor conditions, such as diastasis recti, overactive bladder, and urine or rectal leakage.

If you are interested in an evaluation for pelvic floor therapy, please schedule a pelvic exam with one of our physicians. 

Schedule a Pelvic Floor Exam

At Complete Women’s Care of Alabama, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive, individualized care. Call us at (205) 664-9995 to arrange a pelvic floor health visit at one of our women’s health centers in Alabaster, Alabama, or on Grandview Parkway in Birmingham, Alabama.