Maintaining pelvic health is essential to every woman's health and vitality. After all, the pelvis is basically the structural foundation of a woman's body and both the physical and symbolic center of fertility and childbirth.
Over time, the pelvis sustains much attrition and weakening, known as pelvic floor disorders, due to osteoporosis or other conditions.
Pelvic Floor Disorders
Nearly a quarter of women have a pelvic floor disorder, which can be incontinence (urinary or fecal) or pelvic organ prolapse (when the uterus or another pelvic organ drops from its usual position and pushes against the walls of the vagina.)
The older a women gets, the higher her chance of realizing a pelvic floor disorder. The likelihood is higher for women who are overweight or obese and for women who have given birth.
Pelvic Floor Fact Sheet
Find out more about pelvic floor exercises.
- Begin a weight management program that includes exercise if you are overweight.
- Avoid bladder-irritating foods such as coffee, tea, cola and chocolate.
- Learn how to do Kegel, or pelvic muscle, exercises for stress incontinence. These strengthen muscles near urethra, helping achieve better urinary control. Tighten muscles for 10 seconds at a time before resting for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
- Train your bladder by following a programmed timetable to urinate. Gradually increase intervals between trips to the toilet for 15 to 30 minutes each week, until you're up to a normal time interval.
- Communicate with your doctor. Some medications, those used for a cold or high blood pressure, can cause urine leakage. The next time you see your doctor, bring a list of all over-the-counter medications you take and your doctor will then be better able to help you tackle a bladder control problem.
Learn more about treatment for pelvic health services and other women's urology care at North Kansas City Hospital.