If you struggle with urinary incontinence or the inability to control a bowel movement, you may have poor pelvic floor health. Weak pelvic floor muscles are a common side effect of aging for women, but Lillian Schapiro, MD, Kristan Adams, MD, and Kathryn Garren, WHNP, at Ideal Gynecology, LLC, in Atlanta and McDonough, Georgia, provide pelvic floor therapy to restore the strength of the muscles and relieve the embarrassing symptoms of poor pelvic floor health. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
Keeping your pelvic muscles strong throughout the aging process is key to maintaining good pelvic floor health. The pelvic floor muscles work with your pelvic organs to ensure you can have complete bowel movements and not leak urine or stool. The pelvic organs in women include the:
A weak pelvic floor, or pelvic floor dysfunction, causes the pelvic floor muscles to tighten when they should relax and causes incontinence or the inability to have a complete bowel movement. Maintaining strong pelvic floor muscles also improves sexual function.
Ideal Gynecology, LLC, offers pelvic floor therapy sessions to teach you how to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Imagine you are trying to prevent yourself from passing gas. The muscle used to hold gas back is the pelvic muscle. Pelvic floor therapy at Ideal Gynecology, LLC, teaches you how to perform contraction types of that muscle to strengthen them and maintain good pelvic floor health.
Like any muscle in the body, the pelvic muscle needs exercise to regain or maintain strength. Kegel exercises are a common form of pelvic floor therapy that involves a 10-second contraction of your pelvic floor muscle followed by a 10-second relaxation of the muscle. It is recommended that you complete 10 repetitions of Kegel exercises about three times daily.
Pelvic prolapse is when the uterus descends into the vagina. Pelvic prolapse is typically caused by gravity, childbirth, straining, and the loss of estrogen through the natural aging process. As the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken, the uterus may move lower in the body until it protrudes out of the vagina.
You may or may not feel pelvic prolapse. Some common symptoms of pelvic prolapse include urinary leakage or urinary retention, difficulty moving your bowels, and low back pain. Sexual intercourse may be uncomfortable or even painful.
Ideal Gynecology, LLC, recommends Kegel exercises three times daily to regain strength and maintain pelvic muscle strength.
Call Ideal Gynecology, LLC, or schedule an appointment online for a pelvic floor evaluation and help today.