Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is a malfunction of the pelvic floor muscles. These are the muscles located in your pelvis, which act a ‘floor’ to your torso, and you use these to urinate and defecate. Someone suffering from Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is unable to correctly relax and coordinate these muscles, resulting in problems in the bathroom, frequent need to urinate or defecate, incomplete or painful elimination of waste, incontinence and, for women, pain during sex.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort during urination and defecation, feel that your bowel movements are incomplete, are suffering incontinence or chronic constipation and, for women, feeling pain during intercourse, you may be suffering Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. An assessment will help determine the cause of your symptoms.
After an assessment by one of our medical professionals, you will receive a diagnosis, which will allow for further treatment to remedy your symptoms. Symptoms of PFD can overlap with other conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, therefore correct diagnosis is critical.
Indeed, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction symptoms can alleviate on their own, as pelvic muscles return to normal function naturally. This is often the case in post-partum PFD, as the female body recovers. However, an assessment will be useful nonetheless in managing pain and inconvenience while the natural healing process continues, plus it will put your mind at ease. Symptoms of PFD can be confused with indicators of more serious conditions such as colorectal cancer.
A PFD assessment will comprise of a Pelvic Exam. You do not need to make special preparations. Avoid a heavy meal before your visit and, if you can, visit the bathroom prior to eliminate as best you can. Our nurse will ask you to change out of your clothes into a gown. You can be given a sheet to wrap around your waist for additional privacy.
Is pelvic floor dysfunction curable?
Fortunately, most forms of PFD can cured with targeted exercise, diet control and stress management. Surgery is almost never required.
What kind of medicines may be prescribed to treat pelvic floor dysfunction?
In most cases, only routine laxative medicines are used to improve bowel movements.
Is pelvic floor dysfunction treatment expensive?
No, since in most cases, no major surgery, invasive procedure, or specialized pharmaceuticals are required. A patient who follows our clinicians’ instructions, and maintains follow up visits, will need little else. A physiotherapist’s service may be required for elderly or special needs patients.
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