What are pelvic floor disorders?

Charles W. Butrick, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Pelvic floor disorders include sexual dysfunction, bladder infections and fecal incontinence. Watch Charles Butrick, MD, of Overland Park Regional Medical Center, describe how doctors can approach diagnosing and treating these conditions.
Pelvic floor disorders refers to urinary, sexual and bowel issues that can occur in men and women. In this video, urologist Michael Safir, MD, of West Hills Hospital, explains what causes these disorders. 
Richard R. Boesel, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse, urinary or fecal incontinence, or difficulty urinating can sometimes be embarrassing, difficult to talk about, and can affect the quality of your life. It is important that you speak with your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms. Examples of pelvic floor disorders include:
  • urinary incontinence -- the inability to control bladder function
  • fecal incontinence -- the inability to control bowel function
  • chronic pelvic pain
  • pelvic organ prolapse - (falling down) of the bladder, rectum, bowel, uterus, or vagina from normal position
  • endometriosis
  • uterine fibroids
  • ovarian cysts
  • urinary or fecal fistula
  • urinary pain, including interstitial cystitis
  • adenomyosis
  • disorders of the uterine cervix
  • disorders of the ovaries
  • painful periods
  • vulvovaginal conditions

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Female Reproductive System Disorders

Female Reproductive System Disorders

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the female reproductive system is highly fragile and vulnerable to a number of infections, injuries, and diseases. For this reason, it is crucial to visit your doctor an...

nually and take good care of your reproductive health. Health practices like having an annual pap smear and practicing safe sex can reduce your risk of many reproductive health problems. If you experience uncomfortable symptoms in your pelvic region including pain, itching, or unusual discharge, call your doctor. While some itching or discharge can be normal, these symptoms can sometimes be indicative of problems that need medical treatment.
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