Alegent Creighton Health Urogynecologists and Women's Health Specialists provide diagnosis and treatment of women's pelvic floor disorders.
The pelvic floor refers to the group of muscles that form a sling across the opening of the pelvis. These important muscles, and their surrounding connective tissue, hold the uterus, vagina, bladder, bowel and rectum in place and enable organs to work properly. Pelvic floor disorders can result from weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments weaken or tears in the connective tissue. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 24 percent of U.S. women are affected by pelvic disorders.
Pelvic Floor Disorders
- Urinary stress incontinence - caused by activities (coughing, sneezing, laughing, running, or lifting) that apply pressure to a full bladder. Stress incontinence is very common among women, with childbirth and menopause increasing the risk for it.
- Urge incontinence - marked by a need to urinate frequently. There are many causes of urge incontinence, including medical conditions (benign prostatic hyperplasia, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and spinal cord injuries), surgeries (hysterectomy, radical prostatectomy), and infections.
- Pelvic organ prolapse - occurs when the organs of the pelvis fall out of place because supporting tissue is weakened.
- Uterine prolapse - the falling or sliding of the womb (uterus) from its normal position into the vaginal area.