Childbirth-Related Pelvic Floor Injury
What is a childbirth-related pelvic floor injury?
For women, the pelvic floor consists of muscles, ligaments, nerves and connective tissues that support the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. A childbirth-related pelvic floor injury involves damage to or a dysfunction of the pelvic floor, as a result of vaginal childbirth. Pelvic floor disorders, such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can often happen years after you’ve given birth. POP occurs when one of your pelvic organs falls into the wall of the vagina. Urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, an overactive bladder and sexual disorders can also result from this condition.
What are the symptoms?
Pelvic injuries and dysfunction resulting from childbirth can cause:
- Pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which leads to a feeling of pressure or fullness in the pelvic area, painful sex, pain in the lower back, a feeling that something is falling out of your vagina, urinary issues, spotting or bleeding from the vagina and constipation
- Urinary incontinence, the inability to control when you urinate
- Bowel incontinence, the inability to control the stool that leaves your body
- An overactive bladder, or frequent trips to the bathroom to urinate
- Sexual dysfunction, including a low sex drive, decreased arousal, infrequent orgasms and painful sex
Treatments in Torrance, California
If you live in the Torrance area and you think you might be suffering from a pelvic floor injury as a result of childbirth, schedule your consultation with Dr. Shelby Morrisroe. Dr. Morrisroe is the only female urologist in the South Bay and she can discuss custom treatment options with you. To schedule, use our online form or give our office a call at (310) 542-0199.Schedule
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