Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The pelvic floor is made up of several muscles that support the rectum like a sling. The pelvic floor must relax to allow for urination, bowel movements, and, in women, sexual intercourse. Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) occurs when there is either too much tension on the pelvic floor muscles (high tone) or not enough (low tone) contributing to urinary incontinence, constipation, pain during intercourse or pain in the lower back, pelvic region, genitals or rectum. 

diagnosing pelvic floor disorders

Your WISH clinician may use external and internal techniques to evaluate the function of the pelvic floor muscles and assess your ability to contracts and relax these muscles. 

non-invasive treatments

  • Self-Care - Training yourself to avoid pushing or straining when urinating and defecating will take some of the stress off your pelvic floor muscles and alleviate symptoms. Maintaining good posture to alleviate stress on the bladder and pelvic organs and taking warm baths regularly have also shown results in treating pelvic floor disorders
  • Massage - Internal and external massage can help stabilize your pelvic before using other kinds of treatment

minimally invasive procedures

  • Transvaginal Trigger-Point Injections - In the office, an anesthetic and steroid (anti-inflammatory) can be injected directly into the spastic pelvic floor

Consult with your WISH clinician to see which treatment would be the best option for you. 

*This information does not replace a provider consultation. You should schedule an appointment with your provider if you experience any of these symptoms. 

*Information provided by Beaumont


The Women's Institute is a division of Urology Associates, P.C. We are committed to the innovation and the integration of advanced technology and advanced therapeutics in our treatment offerings.

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