What are pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) and how can you manage them? A new infographic from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has tips that can help.
PFDs affect women’s pelvic organs, including the uterus, vagina, and bladder. When the muscles that surround and support these organs are weak, leaks can occur when you cough, sneeze, or exert yourself.
This can cause discomfort in the bladder or bowel area, as well as self-consciousness. Nearly a quarter of U.S. women may be affected by PFDs. The risk of developing a PFD can increase with age and the number of times a woman gives birth.
The infographic explains surgical and nonsurgical treatments for PFDs. Nonsurgical treatments can include maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and doing exercises that strengthen pelvic floor muscles.