About Pelvic Floor Disorders

More than 25 million people suffer from pelvic floor disorders. Even though most cases of pelvic floor disorders are treatable, many people never seek medical care due to embarrassment or misunderstanding.

We are here to help.

Men and women both have a pelvic floor. In men, the pelvic floor refers to the muscles, tissues and nerves that support the bladder, rectum and other pelvic organs. In women, the pelvic floor refers to the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues and nerves that support the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. 

Please contact one of our Pelvic Floor Centers for more information or to schedule an appointment.

  • Female Pelvic Floor Disorders

    Although pelvic floor disorders affect 1 in 4 women, many women never seek medical treatment. The Sentara Pelvic Floor Centers are here to provide education, diagnostic testing and treatment options.

    There are four main types of pelvic floor disorders in women:

    1. Bladder Incontinence - Lack of bladder control
    2. Bowel Incontinence or Functional Bowel Constipation - Lack of bowel control or infrequent bowel movements
    3. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - A condition in which the uterus, bladder and bowel may "drop" onto the vagina and cause a bulge through the vaginal canal
    4. Pelvic Pain - Pain in the pelvic region

    Many women are sensitive and embarrassed about their condition or assume it is a natural result of aging or childbirth, but the Sentara Pelvic Floor Centers are here to help.

  • Male Pelvic Floor Disorders

    Men experience pelvic floor disorders, too. You may be experiencing tight or weak pelvic floor muscles, pelvic pain, or increased/decreased sensitivity that result in one or more of these abnormalities:

    • Bladder Incontinence
    • Low Urinary Flow Rate
    • Bowel Incontinence or Functional Bowel Constipation
    • Chronic Pelvic Pain
    • Sexual Dysfunction
    • Rectal Prolapse

    Men primarily experience these symptoms as a result of a nerve or prostate issue. If you are experiencing one of these symptoms, please contact one of the Sentara Pelvic Floor Centers or learn more about Urology at Sentara.