Being a woman is not easy. Along with the responsibility of looking after the family, comes the responsibility of extending the family too. Childbirth is a natural phenomenon and a wonderful experience also but with it, comes an array of changes in the female body which at times become hard to handle.
One such change is the change in the pelvic floor. Of course, pregnancy and childbirth are one of the leading causes of pelvic floor disorder or pelvic floor dysfunction, but there are many other causes of it too. Give it a read!
The pelvic floor is the group of ligaments and muscles present in the pelvic region which are responsible for providing support to the organs present there such as urinary bladder and intestines in men and additionally the uterus in women.
Contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles facilitates the bowel movements, urination, and for women even sexual intercourse and childbirth. A pelvic floor dysfunction causes disorders that are not easy to deal with and if left untreated, it can result in long-term damage of the organs or infection.
The causes are not yet apparent, but can be:
The symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction are:
Pelvic floor disorders are seen more commonly in women than in men. It is so common that every 1 in 11 women needs surgery for a pelvic floor disorder.
This is because the pelvic floor is responsible for supporting the organs present in the pelvis such as uterus, vagina, bladder, urethra and rectum. If the tissues of the pelvic floor are stretched, damaged or if the muscles become weak, the intestine drops down and protrudes into the vagina.
There are many types of pelvic floor disorders in women. A few of them are:
Posterior vaginal wall prolapses or proctocele or rectocele is a type of pelvic organ prolapse. It is the result of the muscle and ligament weakness in the pelvic floor. A rectocele is a herniation or bulge. The rectovaginal septum is a tissue present between the vagina and the rectum. Due to some reason this tissue becomes weak and stretches, which leads to rectocele. To make it simpler, the front wall of the rectum bulges against the posterior of the vagina giving it a bulgy appearance.
Treatment options like medicines, surgery and few lifestyle changes are enough to cure the issue.
Enterocele is commonly seen in women who have their uterus surgically removed through hysterectomy. Enterocele is a condition where the small intestine and the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) bulge downwards between the vagina and the rectum which causes a lot of discomfort.
Cystocele and Cystourethrocele
Cystocele or prolapsed bladder or dropped bladder is a condition where the bladder bulges or drops into the vagina. It happens when the ligaments that hold the bladder up and the muscle between the woman’s vagina and bladder weakens or stretches. Cystocele can be treated easily. Therefore, there is nothing to worry about.
Cystocele is mainly of 3 grades:
Treatment options like surgery and few lifestyle changes are enough to cure the issue.
Prolapse of the uterus
It is a condition where the uterus drops down into the vagina due to weakening of the ligaments, muscles and connective tissues that supports the uterus. The bulge can be:
The symptoms of uterine prolapse can be urine incontinence, painful intercourse, difficult bowel movement and pain during walking.
Prolapse of the vagina
When the upper part of the vagina drops down into the lower part, this is termed asprolapse of the vagina. Here, the vagina turns inside out and results in protruding outside the body causing pain and soreness while sitting or walking.
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