Things All Women Should Know About Pelvic Floor Disorders

Sep 8, 2021

Understanding Pelvic Floor Disorders

Pelvic floor disorders refer to a range of conditions that affect the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues in the pelvic area. These disorders commonly manifest as pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and bowel control problems. At Grim Harley, MD, we strive to educate and empower women by providing comprehensive information about pelvic floor disorders and their management.

Common Causes and Risk Factors

Pelvic floor disorders can have various causes and risk factors, including:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Chronic coughing
  • Heavy lifting
  • Genetic predisposition

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of pelvic floor disorders can vary depending on the specific condition, but common signs include:

  • Feeling of pressure or heaviness in the pelvic area
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary problems, such as frequent urination or difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Bowel issues, such as constipation or involuntary bowel movements
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Proper diagnosis of pelvic floor disorders is crucial for effective treatment. At Grim Harley, MD, we offer a thorough evaluation process, which may include:

  • Medical history review
  • Physical examination
  • Specialized tests, such as urodynamic studies

Based on the diagnosis, treatment options will be discussed with our patients, which may include:

  • Lifestyle modifications, such as weight management and pelvic floor exercises
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Surgical interventions

Prevention and Self-Care

While some pelvic floor disorders cannot be entirely prevented, there are steps women can take to reduce the risk and manage symptoms:

  • Maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise
  • Practice pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, to strengthen the pelvic muscles
  • Avoid heavy lifting and repetitive straining
  • Quit smoking, as it can contribute to coughing and weaken the pelvic floor
  • Seek prompt treatment for chronic cough or constipation

When to Seek Professional Help

If you are experiencing symptoms of a pelvic floor disorder or have concerns about your pelvic health, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional like Dr. Grim Harley. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment can help improve your quality of life.


At Grim Harley, MD, we prioritize women's health by providing comprehensive information about pelvic floor disorders. By understanding the causes, symptoms, treatment options, and preventive measures, women can take control of their pelvic health and seek necessary care. Trust Dr. Grim Harley and his experienced team to guide you through the journey towards a healthier pelvic floor.

Craig Hancock
👍 Valuable information for all women! Take care of yourselves! 💕
Nov 8, 2023
Russ Morgan
🙌 Informative and empowering! 💪🚺
Oct 4, 2023