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Recognising Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Disorders

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Pelvic floor disorders can significantly impact a woman's quality of life. It is essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of such conditions.

You can seek timely medical intervention and personalised care by recognising these signs early on. Here are some common symptoms to watch out for:

Urinary Incontinence in Pelvic Floor Disorders

It may be a sign of stress incontinence if you experience involuntary leakage of urine during activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising. Pay attention to any sudden urges to urinate or difficulty controlling your bladder when experiencing an urge to urinate (urge incontinence).

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

A heaviness, pressure, or bulging sensation in the pelvic region is often associated with pelvic organ prolapse. This condition occurs when the pelvic organs, such as the uterus, bladder, or rectum, descend from their normal positions and push against the vaginal walls.

Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain, including discomfort or aching in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or genital area, should not be ignored. It can be a symptom of pelvic floor disorders, such as muscle spasms or nerve-related issues.

Sexual Dysfunction

Difficulty or pain during sexual intercourse reduced sexual satisfaction, or decreased libido can indicate pelvic floor disorders. These conditions may affect intimacy, sexual relationships, and overall well-being.

Bowel Dysfunction

Persistent constipation, faecal incontinence (unintentional bowel leakage), or a feeling of incomplete bowel emptying can be indicators of pelvic floor disorders. These symptoms may significantly impact your bowel movements and overall digestive health.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to consult a qualified urogynaecologist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. Remember, seeking early intervention can lead to more effective treatment options and improved quality of life.

At Dr Rénardo Lourens's Urogynaecology Clinic, we understand the impact of pelvic floor disorders on women's lives. Our compassionate team provides specialised care, tailored treatment plans and ongoing support. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any concerns or questions.


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