One in three women develops a pelvic floor disorder in her lifetime. To protect your pelvic floor health, the medical team at Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates offers diagnostic testing to identify the cause of urinary incontinence, pain with sex, and other symptoms of a pelvic floor disorder. The urologists also provide resources that help you improve and maintain long-term pelvic floor health. Call the office in Eureka Springs, Springdale, Siloam Springs, or Rogers, Arkansas, to schedule a pelvic floor health consultation, or book an appointment online today.
Your pelvic floor contains numerous muscles and organs like your bladder, colon, and rectum. In women, the pelvic floor also contains the uterus, ovaries, and other reproductive organs.
As you get older, the muscles that support your pelvic floor organs can weaken. You may also have pelvic floor muscles that are too tight. These issues can lead to a variety of physical health issues and sexual or reproductive dysfunction.
To protect your long-term pelvic health, the team at Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates offers diagnostic testing, customized treatments, and preventive therapies for your pelvic floor health services in-office.
You can develop a disorder because of age-related changes in your pelvic floor tissues or because of an injury. Women are also at higher risk for a pelvic floor disorder during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Pelvic floor disorders include:
When your pelvic floor muscles can’t support your bladder, it can lead to urinary incontinence (urine leakage) and strong urges to urinate during the day or night.
If your pelvic organs aren’t strong enough to hold your bowels in place, you may experience leakage of liquid or solid stool, a condition known as fecal incontinence.
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when weak muscles allow your bladder or other pelvic organs to fall downward. For instance, your uterus can fall down into the vaginal canal. In some cases, the organ can even protrude from your vaginal opening.
The Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates team offers diagnostic testing and treatment services for pelvic floor disorders. They also provide resources to help prevent weakening in your pelvic floor muscles.
If you have symptoms like unexpected urine or stool leaks or experience pain with sex, the team can perform urine tests, bloodwork, and ultrasound imaging tests to identify their underlying cause.
When you need treatment for pelvic health issues, the urologists create an individual treatment plan to your specific needs. They can prescribe medications to relax overly tight pelvic floor muscles or reduce spasms in your bladder that contribute to urinary incontinence.
If your condition isn’t treatable with conservative therapies, the team may recommend laparoscopic or da Vinci® robot-assisted surgery to repair weak or torn pelvic floor muscles. If you have pelvic floor prolapse, you may need surgery to reposition and secure your organs into place to reduce your prolapse symptoms.
While you may not be able to prevent every cause of pelvic floor disorders, there are things you can do to keep your pelvic muscles strong.
The Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates team can teach you pelvic floor tightening exercises and provide guidance for making lifestyle and diet changes that support your pelvic floor health.
Call Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates today to schedule a pelvic floor consultation, or book an appointment online.