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What Are the Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

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Have you ever been sick and typed your various symptoms into Google to try and figure out what you have? While sometimes the results can be helpful, the same results can also lead us down a path of worried thinking, convincing us of cancer or another worrisome disease.  

So, in case you have ever wondered what the symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction are, look no further. We hope the following article will not lead you to believe you have cancer or any rare disease, but instead will help you form more of an insight.

What muscles and organs are affected by Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

When people talk about their pelvic floor muscles, they are usually referring to the muscles that reside at the base of the pelvis. These muscles help with bladder control as well as supporting various organs in the pelvis. For women, these organs consist of the bladder, uterus (womb), vagina, and rectum. For men, these organs consist of the bladder, the prostate, and the rectum. Each organ holds its individual purpose but are all affected by Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

What are the symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

The most common symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction is chronic pelvic pain. Usually this pain will be seen moving upwards to the groin, the abdomen, and the lower back. This will feel like muscles contracting which creates a cramping/heaviness in the areas mentioned.

Other main symptoms include:

  • Painful sex
  • Urge to urinate frequently
  • Inconsistent urination
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Vaginal burning (for women)
  • Extra painful menstrual cycles (for women)
  • Constipation and/or straining while pooping
  • Pain and/or pressure in rectum
  • Leaking urine and/or stool

It might be thought that these symptoms sound general and that they could be the same for other medical conditions, which is correct as many conditions share ailments. Some of these are pretty common symptoms, so let us help clear it up further.

What are some other medical conditions with similar symptoms?

To help narrow everything down, listed below are some other conditions, with similar symptoms.

While there are many other conditions, other than listed below, which could have similar symptoms, these seem to be the most commonly confused with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

** Please keep in mind, that the symptoms we list with each ailment below are only those symptoms which are the same as Pelvic Floor Dysfunction; the symptoms for each condition are not limited to what we have listed.**

Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (for men):

  • Pain in lower abdomen
  • Pain in rectum
  • Painful sex
  • Urge to urinate frequently
  • Inconsistent urination
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Bowel problems
  • Pain when urinating

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease:

  • Pain in lower abdomen
  • Pain during sex
  • Burning sensation when urinating

Urinary Tract Infection (aka UTI):

  • Urge to urinate frequently
  • Inconsistent amounts of urine
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Pelvic pain (for women)

Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome:

  • Pain in lower abdomen
  • Vaginal and Prostate pain
  • Urge to urinate frequently
  • Burning sensation when urinating

Google can be an intimidating place, especially when researching medical symptoms. We hope this article provided enough starting information to help guide any future research.

**This information in not intended to diagnose or treat any individual. Please consult a healthcare professional with any questions or concerns.**

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