Diagnosing Pelvic Floor Disorders
A urogynecologist is a physician who has completed medical school and a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and then gone on to receive additional, highly specialized training in surgical and non-surgical treatment of pelvic floor disorders. At CHI Health, these PFD experts diagnose the condition during a physical examination. Using external and internal manual techniques to evaluate the function of the pelvic floor muscles, they can assess your ability to contract and relax these muscles. A urodynamics study may also be performed in the clinic to measure the bladder's functions and efficiency.
Treatment for Pelvic Floor Disorders
Treatment can have a dramatic and positive effect on quality of life. For most people, treatments include:
- Behavior changes, such as avoiding pushing or straining when urinating and having a bowel movement. This also might include learning how to relax the muscles in the pelvic floor area. For example, warm baths and yoga can help relax these muscles.
- Medicines, such as low doses of muscle relaxants like diazepam
- Physical therapy which can help you learn how to relax and coordinate the movement of your pelvic floor muscles