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Do This - Not That: Preventing Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD)

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Pelvic Floor health after menopauseWhat can I do proactively to prevent pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD)?


Whether you think about it or not, your pelvic floor is an important part of your everyday life. It’s necessary for holding your pelvic organs in place. It plays a role in your ability to have and enjoy sex. It also allows you to use the restroom regularly. If you lose your ability to control your pelvic floor muscles, you may even develop pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD).

With PFD comes a lot of embarrassing and uncomfortable symptoms. You may find that bladder leakage, fecal and urinary incontinence, discomfort, and pain are now a part of your daily life. You may also find yourself mapping out and racing for every bathroom in town thanks to urgency and frequency. Instead of looking forward to intimacy, sexual dysfunction may cause you to dread intimate activities in the bedroom.

There are treatment options for pelvic floor dysfunction, but preventing it is key. While you may not be able to control risk factors like genetics, aging, and menopause, there are a number of lifestyle choices and steps you can take to control or reduce your risks for pelvic floor dysfunction.

DO THIS:


NOT THAT:

  • Don’t strain on the toilet
  • Don’t skip your Kegels.
  • Don’t ignore symptoms.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t ignore a chronic cough.
  • Don’t lift with your back; do lift with your legs.
  • Don’t do exercises that are damaging to the pelvic floor.
  • Don’t forget to strengthen your core.
  • Don’t forget your posture.
  • Don’t overindulge with caffeine and alcohol.
  • Don’t forget to drink plenty of water each day.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-07-2016 - 07:47 PM


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