Put simply, pelvic floor disorders are conditions that affect the pelvic muscles’ strength and pelvic girdle. Millions of women worldwide suffer from pelvic floor disorders; however, there is not much public awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction. Below we list just a few of the most common female pelvic floor disorders, followed by receiving help if you have one. Contact us and visit our Alpharetta, GA, office to learn more and treat pelvic floor disorders with Alpharetta pelvic floor therapy.
Diastasis Recti Abdominis
Diastasis Recti Abdominis is a common pelvic floor disorder in women after their pregnancies. Still, it can happen to any female, any time, from factors like regular strenuous activity or aging, among others. A “flabby” stomach characteristically marks this disorder, but it occurs because the abdominal muscles have either stretched or separated from the abdominal wall by more than 2 cm.
Any pain felt in the vagina or vulva during sexual intercourse is associated with Dyspareunia disorder. Many women dismiss this pain, but it can indicate anything from severe infection to inflammation, trauma, or hormonal deficiency.
Like Dyspareunia, vulvodynia is indicated by any pain in the vulva. However, it is usually chronic pain and can last for long periods without any known cause. Sometimes, the disorder flares up when the vulva is touched, but the pain can come on mysteriously at any time, making it tricky to diagnose.
Urinary incontinence is another common pelvic floor disorder in females, and it can be caused by any of the same reasons as Diastasis Recti Abdominis. The condition is characterized by urine leakage, and it can happen when a person coughs, sneezes, or jumps, though it can happen without these, too. The cause of this disorder is a weak pelvic floor that cannot hold urine very well.
This condition is marked by extreme pain experienced during female menstruation. This disorder is usually called primary Dysmenorrhea. Primary Dysmenorrhea is when a woman only has pain before and during menstruation, and this is most common in women under 20. When a woman has menstrual pain during her whole menstrual cycle, it is called secondary dysmenorrhea, and a second menstruation disorder usually accompanies this type.
Endometriosis is commonly associated with secondary dysmenorrhea, and it occurs when the menstrual lining in the uterus grows in areas outside of the uterus, like the ovaries and fallopian tubes. However, it can spread to other areas of the body in more advanced cases. The main symptom is pelvic pain, and it can lead to infertility, especially when not treated.
How to get help
All of these conditions require a diagnosis and prompt treatment. Rosewell, OBGYN in Alpharetta, GA, can provide possible solutions for you. Alpharetta pelvic floor therapy may be one option in which we try to rehabilitate and strengthen the pelvic floor. Contact us and visit our Alpharetta, GA office today; Rosewell OBGYN is here to help all women in Alpharetta with pelvic floor therapy.