Pelvic Floor Medicine

Pelvic floor disorders (PFD) are not considered a normal part of aging that you have to live with. They are medical conditions that can be successfully treated.

The term "pelvic floor" refers to the group of muscles that form a sling or hammock across the opening of a woman's pelvis - the area located between the hips. These muscles, together with their surrounding tissues, keep all of the pelvic organs including the bladder, uterus, colon, urethra and vagina, in place so the organs can function correctly.

A PFD occurs when the pelvis muscles and connective tissue in the pelvis weaken or are injured.

It’s more common than you think. Most women who suffer from pelvic floor disorders do not report their condition because they’re embarrassed, but they shouldn't be because they are not alone. Many women suffer from PFD. In fact, at least one-third of all women are affected by PFD. Read these interesting facts:

  • More than 50 percent of women age 55 and older suffer one or more of the problems caused by pelvic floor disorders.
  • 30 percent of women with overactive bladder or urinary incontinence also suffer from loss of bowel control.
  • 60 percent of nursing home residents suffer from loss of bowel control and/or urinary incontinence.

Baptist Health Care utilizes the latest innovations in diagnosis and treatment as well as minimally invasive procedures . You benefit from less blood loss, less pain and a quicker return to normal activities.

If you are in need of a physician, visit our Baptist Medical Group Ladies First practice for caring providers in multiple locations.