Pelvic FloorDysfunction

Overview

Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles that supports your organs, including your bladder, uterus, urethra and rectum. These muscles hold your organs in place so they can function properly.

Certain factors can decrease the strength of your pelvic floor and cause pelvic floor dysfunction. You might notice symptoms such as incontinence or overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain or changes in sexual function.

Even though pelvic floor dysfunction is common among women, many people accept the condition as a normal part of life and don’t seek treatment. But many of these conditions are treatable — and not always with surgery — treatment often includes pelvic floor therapy you can learn and do on your own.

If you’re experiencing pelvic floor issues, your first step is to schedule an appointment with a women’s health specialist to determine the best treatment plan. Our program offers comprehensive treatment, including surgical and non-surgical approaches tailored directly to you — to help you keep your independence, confidence, comfort and control, so you can keep living the life you love.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

A weak or tight pelvic floor can cause:

  • Frequent urination or overactive bladder
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Change in sexual function
  • Bladder retention
  • Constipation

What Is Pelvic Prolapse?

Pelvic prolapse is when one of your pelvic organs drops out of place. Pelvic organs include your uterus, bladder, small bowel, vagina or rectum.

There are 4 different kinds of pelvic prolapse:

  1. Cystocele occurs when the bladder drops into the vagina.
  2. Enterocele occurs when the intestines drop into the vagina.
  3. Rectocele occurs when the rectum is pressed upward into the vagina.
  4. Vaginal vault prolapse occurs when the ligaments that support the vagina weaken. This is more common if you’ve had a hysterectomy.

Symptoms of pelvic prolapse include feeling that you haven’t fully emptied your bladder, pressure in your pelvic organs, repeat bladder infections, constipation, uncontrollable gas, leaking stool or feeling like you can’t get all the stool out.

Should I see an expert?

11 quick questions walk you through the symptoms to help you decide.

Services & Treatment

Pelvic Floor Therapy

Our specialists emphasize a non-surgical approach to treating pelvic floor dysfunction whenever possible, focusing on providing you with tools to help yourself.

Physical and occupational therapists who specialize in how muscles interact with the organs and tissues in your pelvis perform pelvic floor therapy to help maintain bladder, bowel and sexual function.

We’ll develop a personalized care plan based on your needs. Your plan may include:

  • Behavioral and lifestyle changes
  • Hands on therapy to address tissues, scars or tight muscles
  • Techniques to improve muscle and bone alignment
  • Pelvic floor muscle exercise therapy to optimize proper function
  • A painless process called biofeedback that uses small sensors and a computer monitor to help you visualize and identify muscle activity
  • Information and education about your anatomy, diet and fluids and personal care

Pelvic Prolapse Surgery

For conditions that therapy alone can’t treat, such as severe pelvic organ prolapse, you may need surgery.

Aurora urogynecologists specialize in minimally invasive reconstructive pelvic floor surgery that offers:

  • A faster return to your normal routine
  • Less pain
  • Less injury to muscle tissue
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay

How Is Pelvic Prolapse Treated?

Alexis Chesrow, M.D., explains possible procedures for repairing prolapse disorders like prolapsed bladder, uterine prolapse and other pelvic floor disorders.

Locations

Aurora Health Care offers a number of board-certified urogynecology specialists who treat the full range of pelvic floor disorders at our comprehensive centers throughout eastern Wisconsin. In addition to these locations, we offer pelvic floor therapy by referral at more than a dozen other centers. Call the location nearest you to set up an appointment today.

Aurora Medical Center West Allis
Aurora Women's Pavilion
8901 W Lincoln Ave
Suite 405
West Allis, WI 53227
(414) 329-5650

Aurora Medical Center-Grafton Medical Office Building
975 Port Washington Rd
Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 329-8100

Aurora Medical Center Summit-Medical Office Building
36500 Aurora Dr
Summit, WI 53066
(262) 434-5000

Aurora Health Center
4202 W Oakwood Park Ct
Suite 200
Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 649-1280

Aurora BayCare Medical Center-Women's Center
2845 Greenbrier Rd
4th Floor
Green Bay, WI 54311
(920) 288-8510

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