Pelvic Floor Consultation
Consultation & examination focused on the function of the pelvic floor.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in your pelvic area that supports the organs in your pelvis. They include the bladder, uterus and rectum and help you control your bowel and bladder movements by contraction and relaxation.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is when a patient has difficulty controlling the muscles in the pelvic floor. Several symptoms may indicate the need for treatment, therapy or surgery. A complete physical exam by your OB-GYN or urogynecologist will help to determine what is causing your symptoms. Talk to your urogynecology team at Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center if you have any of the following symptoms or complications:
Urgency/frequency of urination
Pain during intercourse
Exam & Diagnosis
Your Urogynecologist will begin the exam by asking about your symptoms and by taking a careful history. Next, they will complete a physical examination to evaluate your ability to control your pelvic floor muscles by checking for muscle spasms or muscle weakness.
A small device called a perineometer may also be placed into the vagina or rectum to test your muscle control. Some physicians may also perform an abdominal exam, thorough pelvic exam, catheterized urine specimen and rectal exam.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can often be treated with physical therapy and non-invasive options. Biofeedback is the most common treatment and is done with the help of a physical therapist and pelvic floor physical therapy. The physical therapist uses special sensors to monitor the pelvic floor muscles and works with you on improving your muscle coordination.
Your physician or physical therapist may prescribe a low dose muscle relaxant or relaxation techniques such as warm baths, yoga and exercises.
If your pelvic floor dysfunction is the result of a rectal prolapse or rectocele, surgery may be necessary.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a very treatable condition. By talking with your OB-GYN, physical therapist and/or urologist at Omaha's Methodist Physicians Clinic Women's Center, you will be assured the best treatment for your individual symptoms and be on your way to regaining the quality of life you deserve.