Pelvic floor dysfunction describes the inability to control the muscles in your pelvic floor to have a bowel movement. If you have trouble passing stool or pass it only partially, the expert doctors at the Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness can help. Dr. Alexis Tran and Dr. David Kimble assist women in Pasadena, California, and the surrounding area to diagnose and overcome the condition. Call the office or book online to find relief from pelvic floor dysfunction.
In a normal functioning pelvic floor, you relax your muscles to release a bowel movement. People with pelvic floor dysfunction contract them instead, preventing stool from being released.
You may have had a traumatic injury to the pelvic area or complications from childbirth that contribute to the condition. But in most cases the reason for pelvic floor dysfunction is unknown.
Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction are sometimes related to another condition. But you can suspect you may have the condition if you have:
If you have any of these symptoms, contact the doctors at Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness for diagnosis.
After taking a thorough medical history and reviewing your symptoms, either Dr. Tran or Dr. Kimble performs a physical exam to evaluate the strength and control of your pelvic floor muscles. They can do this manually or with special surface electrodes that measure muscle activity.
You may also undergo a defecating proctogram, which involves consuming a liquid that can be detected with an X-ray to see the movement of your muscles.
Successful treatment strategies are available for pelvic floor dysfunction. The doctors at Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness may offer biofeedback, which is noninvasive and helps more than 75% of sufferers find relief. It involves using special sensors and video to monitor the muscles involved so that the therapist can offer feedback to improve function and control.
Medication, such as muscle relaxers and relaxation techniques, including yoga and warm baths, may also be enough to help relax the right muscles and resolve pelvic floor dysfunction.
If your dysfunction is a result of rectal prolapse or another similar condition, Dr. Tran and Dr. Kimble may recommend surgery.
To learn how you can overcome pelvic floor dysfunction, call the Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness or book an appointment online.