Treating Pelvic Floor Disorders

This information is useful for adults

Pelvic floor disorders can include problems with the bladder, vagina or bowel. Pelvic organ prolapse is a common problem because almost all women as they age or have gone through childbirth lose some vaginal support, explains Leslie Rickey, MD, a Yale Medicine specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. 

Some studies show less than half of women have talked to their healthcare providers about these problems, says Dr. Rickey, who advocates simple measures that can help women—and surgical options, if needed.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.