Vaginal childbirth is a natural and beautiful experience, but it can also have an impact on a woman’s pelvic health. Many women experience pelvic floor dysfunction after giving birth, and it’s important to understand the impact that vaginal childbirth can have on your body.
During vaginal childbirth, the muscles and tissues in the pelvic floor can become stretched and weakened. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. These symptoms can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, and they can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life.
Fortunately, there are treatments available for pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor physical therapy can be an effective way to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor and improve symptoms of incontinence and prolapse. Other treatments may include medication, surgery, magnetic chair, laser treatment or the use of a pessary, which is a device that can be inserted into the vagina to support the pelvic organs.
It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider if you’re experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. Your provider can help you develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to your individual needs.