Amber brings her husband, Dr. Taylor Brueseke- who is a urogynecologist, on the podcast today to talk about pelvic floor disorders. This topic is not your typical dinner-table conversation, as there is a huge stigma around it, but it is something that affects a large number of women. And, although these disorders are very common, it does not mean they are normal. If you are someone who is impacted by pelvic disorders, there are treatments and steps you can take to improve your quality of life.

Highlights

    • What is the pelvic floor and why should we care about it? (12:00)
    • Common pelvic floor disorders: (13:30)
      • Urine leakage
      • Constant urge to use the bathroom
      • Painful intercourse
      • Pelvic prolapse
      • Bowel leakage
  • Steps to correct stress incontinence. (leaking urine when you cough laugh or sneeze): (16:45)
    • Kegel exercises (the same muscles that make the urine stop flowing are your kegel muscles) Increasing duration or time of contraction. Squeeze and hold as long as you can. Increase force or strength of contraction.
    • Empty bladder often.
    • Pelvic floor physical therapy
    • Poise Impressa or Pessary
    • Surgery
  • How do you know if you need surgery? (33:00)
  • Just because things are common does not mean that they are normal.
  • Pelvic floor conditions are a problem when they bother you- which will be a different level for everyone.
  • The majority of americans are under muscled. A little bit of strength training can go a long way, even in the pelvic floor.

Take away: Dispel the stigma. Be willing to talk about pelvic floor disorders so people know that they are not alone and will feel empowered to seek treatment.