Pelvic floor disorders are on the rise as the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently projected the number of surgical patients for pelvic floor disorders will increase by 47% by 2050. Most don’t even know what a pelvic floor is or that it exists.  It is mainly muscle and fascia that holds the organs where they belong.

The pelvic floor, in women, has to do even more important things than a man’s.  We have to urinate, have babies and defecate through this pelvic floor. When the muscles get weak, it can cause urinary urgency and leakage, problems emptying the bladder, fecal incontinence, painful intercourse and even prolapse, which is when organs like the bladder, uterus and colon fall and sometimes hang outside the body.

The allopathic causes of pelvic floor disfunction include having babies, being overweight, or may be caused by surgery or a procedure.

Surgery can include placing a sling internally to hold the organ in place. Injections of synthetic material around the urethra tube to bulk it up, but this is not very effective and after about two years the problem usually returns. Physical therapy, including Kegel exercises, and diet modifications are non surgical options. There are also medications for overactive bladder.

There is so much information out now that shows the health of the gut is incredibly important and even called the brain of the body. Changing the diet and alternative medicine can be of great help if surgery is not an option for you.   The correct herbal formula and acupuncture treatment may help lift the organs back in place.

Acupuncturists and herbalists know that poor digestion can be a cause, as the stomach is in charge of the muscle system in the body.  Poor digestion causes the muscles to become weak, and an early sign could be bruising easily, fatigue and a swollen tongue.  The blood vessels are made of smooth muscle so when the digestion is weak, the muscles get weak and blood can leak out of the vessels causing bruises. This weakness also causes the pelvic floor muscles to become weak causing prolapse of the organs mentioned above. There may also be homeopathic options.