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Different pelvic floor disorder therapy options

January 31, 2011

The muscles that surround the abdominal organs are collectively called the pelvic floor, and the weakening and damage to the muscles can lead to pelvic floor disorder. The symptoms of pelvic floor disorder include abdominal bulging, incontinence, vaginal prolapse or urinary prolapse.

There are various pelvic floor disorder therapies that can be used for treating the condition which includes lifestyle changes, medication, medical devices and surgery.

1. Making lifestyle changes is the first pelvic floor disorder therapy that your doctor will suggest. Lifestyle changes include making changes in your diet, using electrical stimulation to stimulate pelvic muscles and doing exercises like Kegel’s exercises to strengthen the weakened pelvic muscles.

2. Kegel’s exercises centers on contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles to control the opening and closing of the bladder. The exercises have to be done everyday for best effects as once you stop doing the exercises, the muscles will weaken again. Depending on how weak your muscles are, you may have to wait 3-4 months before you see any improvement in the muscles.

3. Surgery is the resorted pelvic floor disorder therapy when lifestyle changes don’t bring about much improvement to the problem. This is especially so in advanced pelvic floor disorder where the uterine moves into the vaginal cavity because of weak muscles.

People suffering from multiple symptoms should seek pelvic floor disorder therapy from surgeons who specialize in colorectal and gynecological specialties. Before you have your surgery, its better to ask your doctors for a timetable and the surgery plan to help ease any fear and doubt you have about multiple surgeries.

1. Taking medication is another pelvic floor disorder therapy option you have for treating your weak pelvic muscles. Your doctor will advise maintenance prescriptions to help treat urinary incontinence and anti-diarrheal tablets that will treat any fecal incontinence problem you have because of weak pelvic muscles.

2. Some doctors also suggest the use of a pessary when physical therapy alone does not help in treating urinary incontinence. These plastic pessaries are fitted devices that help improve bladder control conditions like leakage because of urine incontinence.

People who have to undergo surgery to treat their condition also try a pessary to find out how they will feel after undergoing this surgery.