What are Pelvic Floor Disorders?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 07, 2013

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The term “pelvic floor” refers to the group of muscles that form a sling or hammock across the opening of a woman’s pelvis.  These muscles, together with their surrounding tissues, keep all of the pelvic organs in place so that the organs can function correctly. 

A pelvic floor disorder occurs when the pelvic muscles and connective tissue in the pelvis weaken or are injured.


Disorders may result from pelvic surgery, radiation treatments, and, in some cases, pregnancy or vaginal delivery of a child.


There are a variety of problems related to the pelvic floor.  The most common include:

Pelvic organ prolapse

A “prolapse” occurs when the pelvic muscles and tissue become weak and can no longer hold the organs in place correctly.  In uterine prolapse, the uterus can press down on the vagina, causing it to invert, or even to come out through the vaginal opening.  In vaginal prolapse, the top of the vagina loses support and can drop through the vaginal opening.



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