Pelvic Floor FAQs

How prevalent are Pelvic Floor Disorders?

Up to 75% of women will experience urinary incontinence in their lifetime and nearly 25 percent of U.S. women will undergo a surgical procedure to treat a pelvic floor disorder, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Fecal incontinence is the second highest reason why people are placed into nursing homes.

What is pelvic floor bowel dysfunction?

Pelvic floor bowel dysfunction includes constipation and rectal prolapse, as well as fecal incontinence. These conditions can greatly impede a woman’s quality of life. A woman’s pelvic floor includes all the structures within the bony pelvis, such as lower urinary tract, reproductive tract and lower gastrointestinal tract.

What treatments are available for bowel disorders?

There are many treatments for pelvic floor bowel dysfunction, which are based on severity of the disorder. Simple modification of diet effectively corrects the problem for some patients whereas other patients are effectively treated with biofeedback that strengthens pelvic floor muscles. When necessary, surgical therapies also are available.

What should everyone know about urinary and bowel disorders?

That you are not alone and help is available. The impact on quality of life can be great, with most affected individuals often limiting or even ceasing participation in everyday activities. We encourage men and women to talk with their primary care physicians or seek treatment, so that they can re-enjoy an active life.