The pelvic region has connective tissues that support the bladder, vagina, and rectum. When there is a problem with the pelvic floor, it causes a disorder. When this disorder occurs, you will find yourself experiencing pelvic prolapse, vaginal pain, and incontinence. If you have a problem with your bladder, such as having to go to the bathroom every hour, lose control of your bladder, or maybe you are struggling with pelvic pain, you need to worry no more since Dr. Uzoma K. Nwaubani MD at NUWA WORLD provides a wide range of services for women and adolescents to promote wellness and quality of life. Dr. Nwaubani, together with her team, uses the latest technologies to treat various disorders such as reproductive health and pelvic issues.
How do I know I have a weak pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor muscles support the bowel and bladder, as well as the reproductive system. When there is a problem with these muscles, the internal organs will lack support. This may result in a lack of control of urine and feces. The weakening of the pelvic floor muscles is normally caused by childbirth, obesity, pregnancy, and prostate cancer treatment in men. So how do you know you have a weak pelvic floor? The following signs show that you have a problem with your pelvic floor:
- Urine leaks when you cough or sneeze
- Urine or feces leak before you reach the toilet on time
- Wind passes out of the vagina or anus when you bend or lift an object
- Pressure in the vagina
- Opening of the vagina bulges
- Loss of sensation in the vagina
What should I expect at an appointment with a urogynecologist?
When you visit a urogynecologist, they will endeavor to offer you solutions to your pelvic floor disorders and bladder issues. Your doctor will determine an effective treatment, depending on the cause of your condition. To get the proper treatment, your doctor needs to learn about your medical history. Some of the information your urogynecologist may require includes genetics, past defects, age, weight, and any chronic infection. You may feel uncomfortable talking about your condition, but it is vital to give all details to allow the specialist to develop the right treatment. Be ready for an open discussion including topics such as incontinence, vaginal prolapse, pelvic pain, diarrhea, constipation, and any other cause of discomfort in your body. When this is over, your doctor may recommend a physical examination of the pelvic and rectal area. This will also provide vital details that will help the doctor reach a diagnosis. Other further tests that your specialist may conduct include ultrasound scanning, urodynamics, cystoscopy, bladder scanning, and a colonoscopy.
How is bladder prolapse treated?
After diagnosis, the treatment of your condition is dependent on its severity and the cause. Your doctor may recommend treatment options such as hormonal (estrogen) replacement therapy. Further, your medical caregiver may tell you to practice Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. If your situation is extreme and hinders your normal activities, your doctor may recommend surgery. Before any treatment, you should have an open discussion with your doctor and learn about its benefits and risks. Book an appointment with Dr. Nwaubani to receive the proper treatment to lead a normal life.