Common Gynecologic and Pelvic Health Disorders
Pelvic problems affect the internal structures of the pelvis known as the "pelvic floor." This includes the muscles, ligaments and supportive structures that make up the pelvic floor (diaphragm) and the organs of the pelvic region, such as the vagina, bladder, uterus and rectum.
Common pelvic dysfunctions include:
Do I have a problem?
Sometimes, symptoms are easy to identify: Vaginal discomfort, problems with urination, or pain during sexual intercourse indicate that something is wrong. Other times, symptoms can be less obvious. Take the following self-assessment to evaluate your pelvic symptoms.
Take this information to your health care provider and talk about ways you can address the symptoms.
Diagnosing pelvic conditions
In addition to talking to a patient about her symptoms and a conducting thorough physical exam, doctors have many tools to help diagnose incontinence and other pelvic disorders.
Keeping a "voiding diary," which records your food and liquid intake and your urination and other symptoms throughout several days, will help your doctor make a diagnosis.
Based upon your doctor’s initial findings, other tests may be ordered. You may undergo blood tests, a bladder stress test, urinalysis, ultrasound or cystoscopy, or a combination of these.
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