The most common cause of injury to the female pelvic floor musculature resulting in loss of vaginal wall support is vaginal birth. For women who have had vaginal tears while delivering, multiple vaginal deliveries, delivered large size babies, long difficult labor, or the use of vacuum or forceps during the delivery, pelvic floor injuries are more common.
Some women can experience reduced vaginal tone and vaginal laxity. Others may have a feeling of pressure or heaviness in the vagina and sometimes inability to insert a tampon because of the collapse of the vaginal walls. Women and / or their sexual partners often communicate a negative effect on their sex lives because of these symptoms.
Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Pelvic reconstructive surgery can be performed to treat vaginal prolapse, laxity, and pelvic floor relaxation. This involves cutting the excessive redundant vaginal skin and the reinforcement of the vaginal support structures to restore vaginal tightness and wall support.
Sexual satisfaction surveys have been used in some studies to evaluate women before and after pelvic reconstructive surgery. These studies have exhibited higher sexual satisfaction rates after surgery.
These results can be attributed to a higher self-confidence level due to increased vaginal tone after restoring normal vaginal anatomy.
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy.
Another non-surgical option to treat pelvic floor relaxation disorders is pelvic floor physical therapy. A physical therapist who specializes in female pelvic floor disorders works with patients in weekly sessions to restore pelvic floor muscle tone and decrease prolapse symptoms.
A physician who has completed subspecialty training to treat female pelvic floor disorders is a specialist in pelvic floor disorders. Mesh-free pelvic reconstructive surgical procedures are offered at Arizona Urogynecology, in addition to pelvic floor physical therapy carried out by a pelvic floor physical therapist.
About AZ Urogynecology and Pelvic Health Center
The AZ Urogynecology and Pelvic Health Center is devoted exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of all urogynecologic, pelvic floor disorders and complex gynecologic problems.
They offer a wide array of advanced diagnostic tools and specialized treatment options.
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