Pelvic Health

Pelvic health is a catch all term that encompasses many different systems in the body. Due to close proximity of different organ tissues, there are a variety of issues that arise for women. The list is extensive and a woman may experience a combination of these issues.

The pelvis is a “bowl”-like structure that contains organs and tissues of many body systems:

female anatomy

  • Urinary- bladder and urethra
  • Reproductive-uterus and ovaries
  • Bowel-large and small intestines
  • Sexual-vagina, labia, clitoris
  • Musculoskeletal-pelvic floor muscles and pelvic bones

The pelvis is the bridge that conveys and translates information between the legs, the torso and abdomen, and the spine. Therefore, the pelvis plays a vital role in overall health throughout the body.

Pelvic Floor Muscles

The muscles of the pelvic floor are integral to pelvic health. They are the “gate” keeper of the pelvis and play a very dynamic role in a many of the conditions that women experience. The muscles must relax, contract, and maintain a healthy level of tone in order to perform their job properly.

The pelvic floor helps maintain many functions in the body including:

1.  Low back and pelvis stability
2. Urinary and fecal continence
3. Orgasmability and sexuality
4. Organ support
5. Childbirth

Possible pelvic floor issues include:

  • overactive bladder
  • urinary retention
  • pelvic pain
  • painful intercourse
  • urinary leakage (incontinence)
  • stool leakage (anal incontinence)
  • constipation
  • prolapse of organs
  • instability of the pelvis
  • orgasm issues

Pelvic Health Solutions

A multidisciplinary approach that incorporates a holistic “team” of health-care providers and allied health professionals is the best opportunity for women to fully address their pelvic health needs. A medical doctor and/or specialist including a gastroenterologist, gynecologist, urologist, or urogynecologist may be necessary.

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