Pelvic Floor Therapy
If you’re suffering from stress incontinence – the inadvertent leakage of urine or feces with a cough or sneeze – pelvic floor therapy at Doral Beach OB/GYN can help you regain bladder and bowel control. For your convenience, we pair our in-office individualized treatments with exercises you can perform at home.
When Pelvic Floor Muscles Weaken
The “pelvic floor” consists of tissue and muscles at the base of the pelvis that supports organs like the bladder, uterus, or rectum. When contracted, pelvic floor muscles also tighten sphincters controlling the openings of the vagina, anus, and urethra. When relaxed, the muscles allow the passage of urine and feces from the body.
Pelvic floor muscles may become weak over time as we age, and also due to the strain of pregnancy and childbirth. When these muscles are weakened, a cough, laugh, or sneeze can cause you to leak urine – a common condition also referred to as stress incontinence. Or you may inadvertently pass gas when bending or lifting.
Weak pelvic floor muscles can lead to problems such as:
- Urinary incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
- Chronic constipation
- Pain the pelvic region
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pelvic organ prolapse
It is estimated that 25 percent of all women have a pelvic floor disorder.
Pelvic Floor Therapy: What to Expect
The good news is pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened.
Pelvic floor therapy involves strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through treatment sessions and exercise. It is also sometimes referred to as pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT). The vast majority of women who undergo pelvic floor therapy achieve significant improvement of their symptoms.
At Doral Beach OB/GYN, patients undergoing pelvic floor therapy are typically advised to come into the office once a week for a treatment session. This continues for up to eight visits, depending on the patient’s symptoms or type of pelvic floor disorder. Alleviation of symptoms is usually noticed after the third or fourth visit. For optimal results, patients should attend all recommended treatment sessions in addition to home exercises.
Don’t let stress incontinence have you running to the restroom or otherwise disrupting your day. Find out more about the in-office pelvic floor therapy offered at Doral Beach OB/GYN by calling one of our convenient offices, or you can request an appointment online to visit one of our gynecologists in Doral or Miami Beach.