Ashton, MD (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
Although pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) affect one in three women, 90 percent of Americans don’t realize its high prevalence, according to the PFD Alliance, an organization that aims to increase awareness of female pelvic floor disorders. NationalIncontinence.com’s President and Nurse Practitioner Renee Mercer comments on this statistic and how both women and men can strengthen their pelvic floor muscles without surgical treatment.
“It’s unfortunate that people are hesitant to mention their pelvic floor problems during their doctor’s appointment because they’re either embarrassed or think that it’s normal as they get older,” said Mercer, a nurse practitioner for over 30 years. “However, pelvic floor dysfunction in both men and women is treatable.”
People who have a PFD usually have weak or tense pelvic floor muscles. Urinary incontinence, the inability to control one’s bladder, is one of the most common PFDs. Although incontinence and PFDs, in general, are more prevalent in women, men can also have bladder control problems, usually after undergoing prostate cancer surgery.
“Surgery for pelvic floor disorders should always be the last option. One of the most common non-surgical treatments for urinary incontinence is through pelvic floor strengthening exercises, also known as kegels,” Mercer said. “However, many people do these exercises wrong because they can’t find the right muscles. To do so, try stopping your urine midstream. These muscles are the ones used to perform kegel exercises.”
Once the correct muscles are located, Mercer suggests contracting and holding for at least three seconds and repeating this at least 10 times a row, three times a day. “A pelvic floor trainer can help guide you with different strengthening exercises. Women can also use kegel exercisers, such as vaginal weights, to help them build their pelvic floor muscles,” she added.
“People experiencing pelvic floor disorders are encouraged to seek medical help. Ask your doctor about other nonsurgical treatment options such as dietary changes,” Mercer said. “There’s no reason to suffer in silence.
National Incontinence provides products throughout the United States for people of all ages with bladder control problems. They have helped more than 100,000 patients with bladder issues. Their pediatric division, the Bedwetting Store, is now the largest distributor of pediatric enuresis products in the United States. National Incontinence is proud to serve the millions of families who seek information and practical solutions to bladder control problems and want the best products at the lowest prices.