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Listen to Your Body: Common Pelvic Floor Issue Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

Symptoms indicative of a pelvic floor issue are often ignored or mislabeled as “normal.” While the symptoms might be common, that doesn’t make them normal! 

As a pelvic health PT, all too often I hear from my postpartum clients “I have that symptom, but it’s just because I gave birth…that’s normal!” Urinary incontinence (leaking pee) for any reasons (ex: with coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise, or urgency) and sexual dysfunction (pain with intercourse and difficulty achieving orgasm) are two very common issues that I hear from patients. Most of the time, they didn’t realize there is something to do to improve it!

Pelvic pain can be indicative of a pelvic floor issue

Here is a check list of symptoms - if you have any of them, it can be indicative of a pelvic floor issue - which means pelvic floor PT can help!

  • Pelvic pain (genitals, perineum, pubic, bladder)

  • Pain during pregnancy

  • Pain after giving birth

  • Postpartum return to exercise

  • Pain or burning with urination

  • Accidental loss of urine in any situation (including coughing, laughing, running, and jumping)

  • Having to use the bathroom within a few minutes of a previous use of bathroom

  • Getting up to urinate 2+ times per night

  • A feeling of increased pelvic pressure

  • Sensation of pelvic organs slipping down or falling out

  • History of pain in low back, hip, groin, or tailbone

  • Loss of bowel control

  • Feeling unable to completely empty bowels or bladder

  • Straining or pain with bowel movement

  • Constipation or diarrhea 

  • Pain or discomfort with sexual activity or intercourse

  • Pain with gynecological exam

Don’t just live with these limiting symptoms. Give us a call today to discuss your symptoms and come up with the best solution for you. In our next post, we will outline what a pelvic floor PT session is like.

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalized guidance.

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