The Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction can manifest in various ways, with symptoms differing depending on the specific type of dysfunction. Here are some common signs to be aware of:

Urinary Issues

  • Urinary Incontinence: Leakage of urine during activities such as coughing, sneezing, or exercising.
  • Urinary Urgency: A sudden and strong urge to urinate that may be difficult to control.
  • Frequent Urination: Needing to urinate more often than usual, even when the bladder isn't full.
  • Incomplete Emptying: Feeling like you haven't fully emptied your bladder, sometimes needing to rock the pelvis to do so.
  • Recurrent UTIs: Frequent urinary tract infections.

Bowel Issues

  • Faecal Incontinence: Difficulty controlling bowel movements, leading to accidental leakage of faeces or wind.
  • Constipation: Difficulty passing stools or a sensation of incomplete emptying of the bowels.
  • Incomplete Emptying: Needing to support the perineum or back wall of the vagina to empty your bowels, or feeling like you can't fully empty your bowels.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

This condition occurs when pelvic organs such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum bulge into the vaginal wall due to weakened pelvic floor support. Symptoms can include:

  • A bulge in the vagina or a heaviness/dragging sensation.
  • Less sensation during intercourse.
  • Symptoms worsening after a day on your feet.

These signs and symptoms can vary in severity and may affect individuals differently. Some symptoms might be caused by other issues that need medical intervention. 

If something doesn't feel right or you need extra support, reach out to your GP to ensure nothing is being overlooked.

Remember, every small step you take brings you closer to a restored pelvic floor and better overall health. 

All the best, Abby


Please note: This general advice is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice given as part of individualized and tailored care.

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