Pelvic Floor Dysfunction - SharonSnowdon.com

Pelvic floor dysfunction is an umbrella term used when the pelvic floor muscles are impaired.  Most people assume that it only effects women who have had children, however, it can impact women (and men) at any age.  For example;

  • pelvic floor dysfunction is prevalent in girls and women who participate in high impact sports such as gymnastics, trampolining or basketball
  • Poor posture when sitting and standing can lead to pelvic floor dysfunction
  • The change of hormone levels as you transition through the menopause can affect the pelvic floor muscles too

So what signs or symptoms might indicate that your pelvic floor muscles are not working optimally?

If the pelvic floor muscles are weakened then you may experience;

  • Urinary or anal incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP)

If you struggle to voluntarily contract the pelvic floor muscles when asked then this could indicate that they are weakened.

Having tight, overactive pelvic floor muscles can also be problematic.  You may experience symptoms such as;

  • Urinary or anal incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Difficulty getting started with urination
  • Painful intercourse
  • The feeling that there is an obstruction with defecation

Women with an overactive pelvic floor struggle to voluntarily contract and relax their pelvic floor muscles.

If you suspect that you have a pelvic floor dysfunction then please make an appointment to see a Women’s Heath Physiotherapist as it’s important to receive a proper diagnosis before starting a rehab programme.  You can ask your GP for a referral or make an appointment to see someone privately.

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