There are many symptoms of pelvic floor disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists addresses the complex and often interconnected problems underlying these symptoms.
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)
- Prolapse of the vagina or rectum
Evaluation & Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders
Emily Von Bargen, DO, a urogynecology specialist in the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery program at Mass General discusses the risk factors for pelvic floor disorders and the issues they can bring.