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. 

Please call 1-800-SENTARA or search online to find a urologist in your area.

  • What are Pelvic Floor Disorders?

    A pelvic floor disorder is a broad term that describes a number of conditions that originate in the pelvic region. The pelvic floor supports the bladder, rectum and other pelvic organs. It maintains urinary and fecal continence. In women, these muscles also support the uterus and play an important role in vaginal childbirth.

    Although many of these disorders may not be life threatening, they can have a devastating effect on quality of life. Many people notice leakage or loss of bladder or bowel control for the first time when they are laughing, sneezing or exercising.

    It is important to know that this is not a normal or untreatable part of aging. Pelvic floor disorders are treatable and controllable, and the Sentara Pelvic Floor Center is here to help.

  • Female Pelvic Floor Disorders

    Although pelvic floor disorders affect 1 in 4 women, many women never seek medical treatment. Our urology care team is 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. Don't let that keep you from getting relief. We 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 call 1-800-SENTARA to find a urologist or learn more about Urology at Sentara.