Women's Wellness Series: Just Between Us Girls
Just Between Us Girls
There are just some things that we ONLY want to talk about with our girlfriend. Yet and still, we all know about these "things," but it can be embarassing to even whisper about the anything having to do with issues we may be having "down there". The good news, you are not alone. Studies estimate that 1 in 5 women (and as high 1 in 3) experience some sort of pelvic floor "disfunction"(PFD). Even better news...there are simple, non-surgical things you can do to prevent and even correct these issues that we as women sometimes resign ourselves to simply "putting up with." Our Women's Wellness Series topic this month is aimed squarely at first, learning how to recognize what constitues pelvic floor dysfunction and second, how to improve your own pelvic fitness to correct problems from that little leak when you laugh to more serious issues. Our guest blogger, Dr. Rachel Home M.D., has all the answers you need!
What the heck is PFD?
Pelvic floor dysfunction encompasses a wide range of issues that occur when muscles of the pelvic floor are too weak, too tight, or any impairment of the lower back and hip joints. Sometimes, tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have increased or decreased sensitivity due to PFD, which results in pelvic pain.
PFD may cause urinary or fecal incontinence, voiding problems, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunction and several chronic pain syndromes. The most common clinical conditions are urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.The major known contributors to PFD are pregnancy & childbirth, genetic depositions, obesity, menopause.
Can it Happen to ME?
The conditions of PFD are very common during a women’s life time. The majority of the time, the early stages of PFD are unrecognized and undiagnosed because there are no symptoms. It is estimated that at least one-third of women are affected by symptomatic PFD. Statistics show that 30 to 40 % of women suffer from some degree of incontinence in their lifetime, and that almost 10 % of women will undergo surgery for urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. 30 % of those undergoing surgery will have at least two surgeries in trying to correct the problems.
As a women's health specialist, Dr. Home is aware of the fact that, too often, pelvic floor dysfunction is overlooked during routine well-woman examinations in primary medical practices. Without recognizing and fixing the problems at the early stages, it will lead to deterioration of pelvic health and life quality. This may eventually require surgeries to correct.
Help is on the way!
Our objective at The Women's Club is to educate the women in the greater Chantillly area on improving and maintaining overall health and wellness by organizing free women's wellness seminars led by some of the top local physicans.The issue of pelvic dysfunction/fitness is no exception. Professional guided training and proper pelvic exercise may help prevent and reverse the majority of pelvic floor dysfunction and that is why we have invited Dr. Home and her associate, Dr. Rutland to lead our June seminar, 'Girl Talk'.
We hope you will join us for the free event that everyone woman should attend!
Click HERE to register or find out more
about our upcoming event!
Main Article Content Submitted by: Dr. Rachel Home
Both Dr. Home and Dr. Costanza Rutland are OB-GYN physicians of OBGYN Consultants of Fairfax VA. Also affiliated with INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital.