Pelvic floor health is something you might not think much about until you struggle more often than ever to make it to the bathroom on time. At Healthy Lifestyle Medicine in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Kristine Van Kirk, MD, and Kelly Gebauer, WHNP-BC, promote pelvic floor health with exercises, EMSELLA®, and a range of general wellness services. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles supporting the bladder, bowels, and any reproductive organs in the region, such as the uterus. These muscles hold the organs in place and are essential for maintaining sexual function.
Over time, your pelvic floor muscles can increasingly weaken. There are multiple processes and conditions that can exacerbate the weakening of pelvic floor muscles, including:
With increased stress on the pelvic floor muscles, they can lose function as they grow weaker. This process can have an impact on your sexual function as well as your bladder and bowel continence.
Issues with pelvic floor muscles can happen to you regardless of gender, and if you experience pelvic pain, you shouldn’t ignore it.
Several problems can arise due to pelvic floor dysfunction. The team at Healthy Lifestyle Medicine invites you in for an evaluation pertaining to your specific concerns, which might include:
Urinary incontinence involves involuntary urine leakage, often when you don’t expect it. A common type, called stress incontinence, causes leakage when there is a pressure change in the pelvis due to coughing, laughing, being startled, or lifting something heavy.
Bowel issues as the result of pelvic floor dysfunction can include anal incontinence, which causes trouble controlling the release of gas or bowel movements, and constipation, which causes difficulty relaxing to release a bowel movement.
Sexual dysfunction can affect men and women in different ways. You might experience pain during sex because of pelvic floor dysfunction or additional complications like erectile dysfunction.
The team at Healthy Lifestyle Medicine is dedicated to helping you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to alleviate symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction regardless of their causes.
One simple way to improve your pelvic floor health is to perform pelvic floor exercises, or Kegels. The team at Healthy Lifestyle Medicine can teach you how to perform them and how often to do so.
Another option for treatment is EMSELLA®, which is a noninvasive treatment for urinary incontinence. The procedure strengthens your pelvic floor muscles with electromagnetic energy, which triggers pelvic floor muscle contractions.
To find out more about your pelvic floor health and how to improve it, call Healthy Lifestyle Medicine, or book an appointment online today.