The pelvic floor is seen as the “hammock” that supports your body’s movement, balance, stability and flexibility. It is located at the base of the urogenital system and keeps everything where it needs to be. When you contract or relax these muscles, this allows you to pass a bowel movement, urinate, or, for women, engage in pleasurable sexual intercourse. The pelvic floor can sometimes go into spasm, and be difficult to relax. This condition is known as pelvic floor dysfunction. There is a high association with spine issues, traumatic situations (such as sexual assault), sitting and anxiety.
Though this issue is very common, some of the symptoms:
- Urinary issues, such as the urge to urinate or painful urination
- Constipation or bowel strains
- Lower back pain
- Pain or pressure in the pelvic region, genitals, or rectum
- Discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Muscle spasms in the pelvis
In the event of pelvic surgery, or with conditions linked to nerve damage or obesity, this can also lead to pelvic floor dysfunction.
If you believe you are struggling with pelvic floor dysfunction, it is important to schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss treatment options.
Fortunately, there are a variety of solutions! As your doctor best sees fit, they might prescribe heat, soaking in a tub, muscle relaxants to help prevent your muscles from contracting, or even pelvic floor physical therapy. This will enable urine and bowel movements to pass more smoothly, as well as less pain with sexual activity.
Another option is to practice better self-care. To relax the pelvic floor muscles, it is recommended to take up techniques learned in yoga or through stretching to prevent straining or pushing. You can also try taking warm baths, since the warm water improves blood circulation.
If you believe you are struggling with any of these symptoms, you may request a consult with one of our practitioners at (949) 825-7650. It’s your time now to unwind.