Pelvic Floor Disorders
The term “pelvic floor” refers to the group of muscles that form a sling or hammock across the opening of a woman’s pelvis. A pelvic floor disorder occurs when the pelvic muscles and connective tissue in the pelvis weaken or are injured. Disorders may result from pelvic surgery, radiation treatments, and, in some cases, pregnancy or vaginal delivery of a child. When pelvic floor disorders develop, one or more of the pelvic organs may stop working properly. Symptoms depend somewhat on which organ is drooping.
- Feel pressure or fullness in the pelvic area
- Backache low in the back
- Painful intercourse
- Sensation that something is falling out of the vagina
- Urinary problems, leaking of urine or a chronic urge to urinate
- Spotting or bleeding from the vagina