What are pelvic floor disorders?
Pelvic floor disorders occur when the muscles or connective tissues of the pelvic area weaken or are damaged. This may cause the involuntary loss of urine, also known as stress urinary incontinence, or movement of your internal organs, also known as pelvic organ prolapse. Combined, they impact nearly 1 out of every 3 women in the United States.
What is stress urinary incontinence?
Stress Urinary Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine during physical activities, like laughing, jumping, sneezing or lifting heavy objects. It occurs when the muscles that support the urethra are weakened or damaged.
If you suffer from stress urinary incontinence, or SUI, you are not alone! SUI afflicts approximately 21 million women over the age of 20 in the United States. Stress Urinary Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine during physical activities, like laughing, jumping, sneezing or lifting heavy objects. Sufferers of incontinence typically wait more than six years on average before seeing a healthcare professional about this condition.
What is pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse occurs when the muscles or ligaments in your pelvic floor are stretched or become too weak to hold your organs in the correct position. When this happens, organs such as the bladder, rectum and uterus can bulge (prolapse) into the vagina and sometimes past the vaginal opening.
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