Survey women and this complaint seems to be a "top ten." In fact, recent investigations reveal that nearly 1/4 of all women surveyed and 1/3 or older women report a "pelvic floor disorder" which can include:
- Urinary incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
- Pelvic organ shift (prolapsed uterus, for example)
When 1,961 non-pregnant women (ages 20 plus) participated in a health and nutrition survey (2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), they also agreed to a pelvic exam. Among participants, about 23% reported at least one pelvic floor disorder related complaint and it was noted that the older the woman - the more likely the finding of this complaint. Researchers beleive that doctors need to recognize the prevalence of this complaint and engage in diagnosis and treatment, as well as address possible prevention techniques.
What can you do to reduce your risk? Lose weight, since obesity raises your risk; do Kegel exercises, especially after you heal from vaginal deliveries, to strengthen your pelvic floor; talk to your doctor at the earliest sign of a problem, since early intervention can prevent further progression to a more annoying and complicated situation.
Published On: September 19, 2008