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What is a pelvic floor disorder?

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The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that form a kind of hammock across your pelvic opening. Normally, these muscles and the tissues surrounding them keep the pelvic organs in place. These organs include your bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel, and rectum.

Sometimes, these muscles and tissue cause problems. Some women get pelvic floor disorders following childbirth. And as women age, pelvic organ prolapse and other pelvic floor disorders become more common.

From: Pelvic Organ Prolapse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: WebMD Health Guide: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." Magee-Womens Research Institute Center for Research in Women's Bladder & Pelvic Health, Pittsburgh, Pa: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: "Research on Gynecological Disorders."  National Association for Continence: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse."



Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 29, 2019

SOURCES: WebMD Health Guide: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." Magee-Womens Research Institute Center for Research in Women's Bladder & Pelvic Health, Pittsburgh, Pa: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: "Research on Gynecological Disorders."  National Association for Continence: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse."



Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 29, 2019

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