- Constipation and straining
- Being overweight
- Chronic cough
- Heavy lifting
- Poor posture
- Pregnant women
- Women who have recently, or ever, had a baby
- Women who are going through, or have gone through, menopause
- Women who have undergone gynaecological surgery, such as a hysterectomy
- Men who have undergone surgery for prostate cancer.
- Accidentally leaking urine when you exercise, laugh, cough or sneeze
- Needing to get to the toilet in a hurry or not making it there in time
- The need to frequently go to the toilet
- Finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
- Accidental loss of feces or wind
- A prolapse
- in women, this may be felt as bulging into the vagina, heaviness or discomfort, or a feeling of pulling, dragging or dropping down
- In men, this may be noticed as a bulging coming out of the rectum, a feeling of
- Needing to use your bowels but not needing to go
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse, and
- Poor sensation or loss of bladder control during sexual intercourse.
- Resignation – Accepting it as part of life: “After having 5 kids…” or “I am just getting old”
- Embarrassment – Centering life around one’s bladder and avoiding activities that one enjoys because of incontinence issues.
- Lack of awareness – Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can start at a younger age and is not only related with aging. Now many women who are having children are informed on the possibilities of PFD down the road.
- A change in lifestyle
- Relaxation Techniques Dietary Change
- Physical Therapy
About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:
The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.
The organization does so by funding scholarships to scientists researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, researchers, and authors to convey the timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that will create women’s health awareness and advocacy in the community. For more information about the Doris A. Howell Foundation, please visit www.howellfoundation.org.
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders