Pelvic Floor Disorders: Don't Suffer in Silence
Pelvic floor disorders are a group of conditions that occur when the pelvic muscles are weakened or there is a tear in the connective tissue that supports them. The most common type of pelvic floor disorder, urinary incontinence, impacts nearly 50 percent of women. Those who suffer from a pelvic floor disorder may also experience bowel control problems and constipation.
Stephanie A. Jacobs, MD, a female pelvic reconstructive surgeon and member of the GBMC Health Partners – Urogynecology team, notes that pelvic floor disorders can be painful, uncomfortable to live with, and difficult to discuss. Help is available, though, and women should not suffer in silence.