Uncovering the mystery of the pelvic floor

How much do you know about Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

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Uncovering The Mystery Of The Pelvic Floor

How much do you know about Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

This article only takes 5 minutes of your time

Dr Nik Sukma Mohamed

Pelvic floor disorder can affect anyone at any time. The muscles, ligaments, and tissues of the pelvic floor supports the bladder, rectum, and sexual organs in women. When these supportive structures weaken, it could lead to a condition known as pelvic floor dysfunction.

To shine some light on this matter, we speak to Dr. Nik Nur Sukma Mohamed, Aesthetic Doctor at Queens Pelvic Suite or also known as the Queens Medical Clinic, Kuala Lumpur.

Uncovering The Mystery Of The Pelvic Floor

How much do you know about Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

This article only takes 5 minutes of your time

Dr Nik Sukma Mohamed

Pelvic floor disorder can affect anyone at any time. The muscles, ligaments, and tissues of the pelvic floor supports the bladder, rectum, and sexual organs in women. When these supportive structures weaken, it could lead to a condition known as pelvic floor dysfunction.

To shine some light on this matter, we speak to Dr. Nik Nur Sukma Mohamed, Aesthetic Doctor at Queens Pelvic Suite or also known as the Queens Medical Clinic, Kuala Lumpur.

Basically, pelvic floor dysfunction is the lack of ability to control the pelvic floor muscles.

The pelvic floor is a set of muscles and ligaments that helps to support the pelvic organs which are your bladder, rectum, uterus, prostate and bowel. Contracting and relaxing these muscles will allow you to control urination, bowel movements as well as helps with the improvement of women’s sexual function by improving blood circulation to the vagina.

Unhealthy eating is the number one cause of obesity and being obese could lead to pelvic floor dysfunction. As the rate of obesity increases in our country, so does the incidences of pelvic floor disorder. So yes, unhealthy eating habits can be a risk factor of this condition to develop. However, as mentioned before, there are many other reasons why pelvic floor dysfunction occurs.

Ageing isn’t the only factor that causes pelvic floor dysfunction. The occurrence of pelvic floor dysfunction is extremely common among women of various ages, with the condition affecting many women above the age of 40, expecting mothers as well as those in their early twenties.

Briefly speaking, pelvic floor dysfunction is when the pelvic muscles are forced to contract instead of relaxing. To put it in layman terms, it is when the pelvic muscles weaken or become too tight which then causes a prolapse.

Pelvic floor dysfunction can be linked to several conditions or events that cause muscles to weaken. This includes conditions like:

  • Ageing
  • Childbirth
  • Obesity
  • Injury in the pelvic region
  • Pelvic surgery

Quote: Briefly speaking, pelvic floor dysfunction is when the pelvic muscles are forced to contract instead of relaxing.

The best exercise that will help to strengthen your pelvic muscles are the Kegel exercises. Before starting Kegel exercise, it is important for you to understand what it can do for you and how it benefits your body.

A Kegel exercise is simply a contraction of the pelvic floor muscles (a sling-like muscles) that surround and supports your bladder, uterus, and recturm.

Carrying out these exercises can help train your muscles to avoid bladder leaks, pelvic organ prolapse, hip pain and improve sexual performance. Moreover, these exercises are also pregnancy safe, which means that it can be done during pregnancy or after childbirth to improve your condition.

If you aren’t familiar with Kegel exercises, feel free to visit your healthcare professional to guide you on the correct way to perform these exercises.

There are a number of symptoms that are associated with pelvic floor disorder and some can interfere with your daily lifestyle. Plus, the symptoms may vary among individuals and it also depends on the type of pelvic floor condition one is experiencing. Some of the common symptoms a person may experience include:

  • A bulge in the lower pelvic region
  • Bowel movement dysfunction
  • Incomplete urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary incontinence, whereby this usually involves a small amount of urine leaking whenever a person hears water droplets, coughs, or simply by going to the washroom.

If left untreated, pelvic floor dysfunction can lead to long term colon damage and the continuous feeling of discomfort.

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Yes, the complications of pelvic floor can be treated especially if the diagnosis is done early. These complications can be prevented by exercising regularly or if the condition has worsened, then surgery would be the only option.

Another option is a special chair known as “BTL EMSELLA” that uses non-invasive

electromagnetic energy waves to stimulate and tighten the pelvic floor muscle. This chair is known as the ‘Kegal Throne’ as it is equivalent to about 11,000 repetitions of Kegel exercises that is done under 30 minutes.

Quote: It is great for women of any age who desire to get a control of their urinary incontinence, recovery after childbirth as well as to improve the quality of their intimate life.

The most common myth I’ve come across is when my patients state that it is common to have urine incontinence and it isn’t a condition to be worried about.

If you’re experiencing painful sexual intercourse, difficulty in urinating, issues with bowel movements, pelvic pain or any other pain around your pelvic region, please speak to a urologist or gynecologist for a diagnosis.

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It is great for women of any age who desire to get a control of their urinary incontinence, recovery after childbirth as well as to improve the quality of their intimate life. To add on, pregnant women can start the treatment three months after delivery. To find out more on the treatments available, patients can come for a consultation first before proceeding with the treatment. This way, they’ll know what are the outcomes they should be expecting.

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