Answers About the Condition Women Don't Want to Discuss
“Most women don’t think about their pelvic floor until there’s an issue,” she said. “But pelvic floor disorders are fairly common and can cause incontinence and bowel problems, loss of support for the vagina, and bladder pain.”
Dr. Jacobs explained that there are two different types of incontinence—stress and urgency. With the first type, women may leak urine when they laugh, sneeze, cough, or exercise. With urgency incontinence, the signaling between the brain and bladder isn’t working right so women may not be aware their bladder is full until they don’t have time to make it to the bathroom. What causes incontinence in women? A range of things, including vaginal childbirth, aging, and even injuries to the knees and hips that result in damage to the muscles of the pelvic floor.
And while many women are living with these conditions, less than half of them talk to their primary care physician or OB/GYN about it. “The first step in finding a solution is to broach the subject with your doctor,” Dr. Jacobs added. “So many women are afraid to ask if what’s happening to them is normal, but we’re here to help you figure out if treatment is needed. And if it is, there is a range of effective options, from medications and Botox to surgical treatments.”