The pelvic floor muscles keep the bladder, vagina and uterus and rectum high in the pelvis where they belong. When the pelvic floor weakens, these organs slip down from their original positions:
- When the bladder falls you leak urine.
- When it affects the vagina, you may have decreased sensitivity, and at worse, your vagina and uterus can fall out of your body.
- When it’s the rectum, the result is fecal incontinence.
PFD disrupts a woman’s quality of life by altering social interactions, causing loss of self- esteem and depression. PFD cost millions of dollars, in fact, PFD cost more than breast, ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancer treatments combined.
These conditions are often not discussed. However, it can run in families and even if you don’t have symptoms now, you may be prone to getting them in the future.