Break the silence on pelvic floor disorder

Women doing yoga

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) One in three women is impacted by a health concern that not too many people talk about: pelvic floor disorder. Many women silently live with the disorder that could successfully be treated with help from the staff at Spectrum Health Medical Group.

Pelvic floor disorder happens when the support of the pelvic organs become weak or damaged. The three main types of pelvic floor disorders are:

  • Urinary incontinence – lack of bladder control
  • Fecal incontinence – lack of bowel control
  • Pelvic organ prolapse – the uterus, bladder and bowel may “drop” onto the vagina and cause a bulge through the vaginal canal

Treatments

Non-surgical options:

  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises, like Kegels, or losing weight.
  • Dietary changes, like drinking less alcohol and avoiding caffeine
  • Medication or a pessary (device to lift bladder), physical therapy, electrical nerve stimulation and biofeedback to improve sensation and muscle strengthening in the pelvic floor.

Surgical options:

  • Pelvic surgery can help restore the normal pelvic floor anatomy or repair damaged muscles or tissue.
  • These procedures can be performed through small incisions in the vagina or abdomen, which may reduce scarring and complications.

A Pelvic Floor Disorders event is taking place on November 14 at Calvin College. Dr. Christine Heisler and ten other Spectrum Health Medical Group experts will discuss urinary incontinence, prolapse and other complex pelvic problems. They will provide answers to common questions and help alleviate the stress of symptoms that may affect some women.

Get the Lowdown on Your Pelvic Floor
Friday, November 14
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Prince Conference Center, Calvin College
Register online at shmg.org/events
Or call (616) 267-2626 (option 4)

Spectrum Health Medical Group
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
25 Michigan Street NE, Suite 620
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone 616.391.3304
shmg.org/urogynecology

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