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How do I know if I have a pelvic floor problem?

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

We are incredibly passionate about providing support for individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD). While many associate PFD with a weak pelvic floor and urinary incontinence, the reality is that PFD can manifest differently for each person. Some may discreetly cross their legs when they sneeze, while others may preemptively visit the restroom before leaving the house or work to avoid any accidents. Intimacy with a partner can become challenging due to pain and discomfort for some individuals.

Unfortunately, discussions about pelvic floor health are not commonplace, and it can be uncomfortable or even taboo for many to broach this subject.

We firmly believe that the conversation surrounding pelvic floor health needs to be open, sensitive, and destigmatized.

To help determine if you may be experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction, we have a simple questionnaire:

- Do you experience occasional leaks when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or lift something heavy?

- Do you find yourself crossing your legs when you cough, sneeze, or laugh?

- Have you experienced leaks during sports or exercise?

- Do you ever feel like you haven't fully emptied your bladder?

- Do you encounter pain or discomfort during intercourse?

- Do you occasionally suffer from constipation or strain while emptying your bowels?

- Do you feel the urge to rush to the restroom, with or without leakage?

- Do you visit the restroom more than 8 times a day?

- Do you wake up more than once a night to go to the restroom?

- Have you ever experienced a bulging, heavy, pulling, or dragging sensation in your vagina?

- Do you notice that running water, opening your front door, or handling keys triggers a rush to the restroom?

- Do you have difficulty controlling gas?

- Do you experience pelvic, lower back, or hip pain?

- Do you suffer from coccyx pain?

If you answered "No" to all the above questions, that's great! It's unlikely that you have any issues with your pelvic floor.

However, if you answered "Yes" to any of the questions (which is very common), you may be dealing with a pelvic floor issue or an underlying structure impacting your pelvic floor.

The good news is that in most cases, with our treatment, lifestyle changes, a personalized pelvic floor rehabilitation program (which may include strengthening or learning to relax the pelvic floor), and movement practices, our Pelvic Health osteopaths at The Osteopathic Pelvic Hub can help you regain your confidence and improve your symptoms. We are here to support you on your journey to better pelvic health.


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