Pelvic Floor Disorders Center

There are many symptoms of pelvic floor disorders. At Massachusetts General Hospital, our multidisciplinary team of specialists addresses the complex and often interconnected problems underlying these symptoms. Our goal is to return every patient to health and well-being.

Questions to ask your doctor

1. What could be causing my symptoms? A medication I'm taking? My diet? A physical problem or medical condition?

2. What tests can confirm a pelvic floor disorder diagnosis?

3. How are pelvic floor disorders treated?

4. How will we determine which treatment is right for me?

5. Should I see a pelvic floor disorder specialist?

Download questions to ask your doctor (PDF)

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