The pelvic floor is composed of muscles that function as a basin which supports various pelvic organs. As the woman ages, the pelvic floor muscle may weaken and cause one or more of the pelvic organs to prolapse or drop from their original position.
Patients who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse often feel as if something will come out of their vagina (“may malalaglag”) because the bowel, bladder, or uterus bulges into the vagina. This feeling is often accompanied by changes in urination, usually reported as urinary frequency, feeling of incomplete bladder emptying, and straining to urinate.
To treat pelvic organ prolapse, lifestyle changes are necessary. Try to lose weight and avoid heavy lifting. Additionally, talk to your doctor about pelvic floor exercise. For advanced prolapse, a surgical intervention may be necessary to correct the anatomic defect.
Urinary Tract Infections
And finally, we cannot talk about pelvic-related health issues without mentioning urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Women often experience UTI because they have a shorter urethra, the tube through which the urine leaves the body. A shorter urethra means the bacteria can easily travel to the bladder and cause bladder infection (cystitis).
UTI treatment usually involves antibiotic therapy and hygiene practices that prevent bacteria from reaching the urinary tract.
Women who develop problems in their pelvis need to seek medical help to get proper treatment. In case you experience pelvic pain or symptoms that pertain to the above-mentioned conditions, consult your doctor right away.
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