Pelvic Floor dysfunction

*Note. I am not a medical professional.  Ant description of medical conditions is from my own experiences and past understanding of reasrch I’ve done as an IC patient. This blog is not ment to take the place of your Dr.s diagnosis or advice. 

The bladder is supported by a muscle called the pelvic floor muscle.  When a problem occurs with that muscle, a simple thing like coughing can cause leakage.   Voiding the bladder is abled by the relaxation of the pelvic floor muscle. 

Many with IC develop a problem with this muscle.  In some cases when the bladder voids, the initial stream of urine can be held back or very slow and thin.  This is due to too much tension with the pelvic floor muscle.  The opposite can happen with the inability to hold the muscle closed, causing the urine to void before making it to the bathroom. 

PFD can cause pain, urgency, problems with sexual intercourse or arousal and retension.  Pelvic floor dysfunction can be diagnosed by a professional trained in PFD.  This is usually done with an examination using the DRs hands or special instruments if the DRs examination proves too painful.  Treating PFD in individuals with IC can improve urination and sexual arousal with less pain.  The goal of treatments is to relax the muscle, reliving tension.  Good posture to relieve pressure on the bladder, Hot baths, and stretching exercises can help achieve that goal.  In some cases a low dose relaxant such as Valium can be used.   For more information and an in depth look at PFD with IC visit www.ichelp.org

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