Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction become more common as a woman gets older, but there are strategies for successful treatment. The physicians at Austin Area Ob-Gyn & Fertility have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating complications from pelvic floor dysfunction so women in and around Austin, Texas, can lead healthier, more confident lives.
What causes pelvic floor dysfunction?
The pelvic floor consists of tissues, ligaments, and muscles that sit at the base of the pelvis and support the bowel, bladder, and reproductive organs. For women, the pelvic floor weakens with pregnancy, childbirth, and/or hormonal changes during menopause. Years of heavy lifting, straining to have a bowel movement, strenuous exercise, and pelvic surgery (hysterectomy or prostatectomy) contribute to muscle weakness in women. Pelvic floor dysfunction is common but not normal. Strengthening and retraining muscles can significantly improve or, for some people, completely resolve symptoms. Common symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction are urinary/fecal incontinence, painful intercourse, constipation, urinary frequency, urinary/fecal urgency, pelvic organ prolapse, or pelvic pain.
What is Pelvic Floor Biofeedback Therapy?
Pelvic floor biofeedback therapy is a therapeutic exercise program that focuses on the pelvic floor, including the muscles and connective tissues that help hold the pelvic organ in place. When these muscles weaken or become damaged, pelvic floor dysfunction can occur. Pelvic floor biofeedback therapy begins with an examination and baseline assessment to determine the existing strength of the pelvic floor muscles. Patients are taught how to identify and focus on their pelvic floor muscles to gain strength and endurance. Routine assessments are done in the office to evaluate the progress of symptoms and fine-tune the exercise program. Electrical stimulation is done at the end of each visit to bring blood flow to the pelvic floor muscles and promote healing.
How can I tell if I'm a good candidate for pelvic floor biofeedback therapy?
The best way to determine if pelvic floor therapy is a good choice is to have a routine assessment to evaluate the strength of the muscles and other issues that may have a bearing on pelvic floor dysfunction.
*Individual Results May Vary