The Center for Pelvic Health

At the Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute’s Center for Pelvic Health, you will be working with a clinical team that specializes in women’s health and issues related to pelvic floor conditions.

WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR DISORDER?

A pelvic floor disorder occurs when there is a compromise of the pelvic floor muscles and/or connective tissue which may result in loss of bladder control, bowel control, pain, or dropping of the pelvic organs. One in three women (30%) will experience a pelvic floor problem in her lifetime.

SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH A PELVIC FLOOR DISORDER

A pelvic floor disorder presents itself as the following symptoms:
  • Urinary leaking
  • Painful intercourse
  • Groin/back pain
  • Difficulty with bowel movements
  • A falling out feeling that worsens with standing
  • Vaginal pain
  • Difficulty with tampon insertion
  • Pelvic pressure that worsens with coughing, lifting, standing, or as the day goes on
  • Pelvic or lower abdominal pain

RISK FACTORS

The following risk factors may increase your chances of experiencing these symptoms:
  • Pregnancy and delivery
  • Chronic cough that occurs with a respiratory condition
  • Prior pelvic surgery
  • Aging and menopause
  • Intense physical exercise (running, power lifting, jumping)
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Stress

TREATMENT OPTIONS

Several treatment options are available, both non-surgical and surgical. Your treatment options may include multiple options.

The non-surgical options are:
  • Neuromodulation
  • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
  • Biofeedback with Surface EMG
  • Behavioral modification and bladder training
  • Education and Home Exercise Program
  • Medication
  • Pessary
  • Weight management
If surgery is an option or necessary, referral to our Urogynecologist will be facilitated.

OUR SERVICES

The Center for Pelvic Health at the Christine E. Lynn Women's Health and Wellness Institute is a unique program specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders in women. At the Center for Pelvic Health, diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders is what we do best. We have a multidisciplinary pelvic health team including: Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Navigators, Physical Therapists, and Physicians. After a comprehensive assessment, physical exam and diagnostic testing, we will partner with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that meet your needs.

NEXT STEPS

Complete the Pelvic Floor Self-Assessment Tool in the box below. Make an appointment to discuss your results with your primary care provider or call The Center for Pelvic Health at 561-955-2131 for an appointment. You may require an authorization from your insurance prior to being seen by our pelvic health team.

RISK ASSESSMENT

This questionnaire is designed to help you assess your symptoms. Click all that apply.

Symptoms
Does pressure on your bladder with daily activities such as laughing, sneezing, coughing, lifting heavy objects, jogging or jumping cause you to leak urine?(Even a few drops of leakage are significant.)

Do you have pelvic pain?

Do you feel pressure in your pelvis at the end of the day?

Has sex become painful?

Do you feel like something might "fall out" of your pelvis when you sit on the toilet?

Do you have to move your organs with your fingers to urinate or have a bowel movement?

Do you urinate more than 2 times per night?

When you urinate or have a bowel movement, do you feel like something is "in the way" keeping you from voiding successfully?

Do you experience a sudden urge to use the bathroom and find you can't get there on time?

Do you wear liners or pads to protect you in the event of an accident?

Do you have trouble making it to the toilet on time, either for a bowel movement or to urinate?

Has loss of bladder or bowel control affected your lifestyle?

Are your bladder or bowel control issues causing you to feel nervous, frustrated or depressed?

Risk Factors
Have you had a vaginal delivery?

Did your delivery or deliveries involve forceps or severe tearing?

Are incontinence or pelvic conditions a part of your family history?

Have you had a hysterectomy?

Are you post-menopausal?

If you checked the box to any of the questions, you may be suffering from a pelvic floor condition. This is not a normal sign of aging. Our multidisciplinary approach – including physicians, nurse practitioners, urogynecologists and physical therapists – can help. If you would like to have a representative from the Center for Pelvic Health contact you for further assessment, please click submit and fill out the following form or call the Center for Pelvic Health at 561-955-2131.

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