The pelvic floor is a network of muscles, ligaments and tissues in the lower abdominal area. It acts like a hammock to support the uterus, bladder, vagina and rectum. Pelvic floor disorders are caused by tears, weakness or poor function of the muscles and nerves in the pelvic floor. Common symptoms include:

  • A feeling of heaviness or fullness like something falling out of the vagina or rectum
  • A pulling, aching or “bulge” in the lower abdomen or pelvis
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder completely
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Fecal incontinence (inability to control bowel movements)
  • Constipation
  • Prolapse of the vagina or rectum

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