Pelvic Floor Disorders

Pelvic disorders can affect both women and men. The pelvic floor is the group of muscles, ligaments and tissues that support the organs of the pelvis. Pelvic floor organs include the bladder, vagina, and rectum. Pelvic floor disorders may be acquired due to tears, weakness, structural abnormalities, or poor coordination of the muscles, nerves, or organs in the pelvis. Examples of pelvic floor disorders include:

Urinary incontinence

This is a loss of bladder control leading to urinary leakage. Urinary incontinence affects one in three women. Two common types of urinary incontinence are urge incontinence (urinary leakage with the sudden need to urinate) and stress incontinence (urinary leakage that occurs with physical effort, such as coughing, sneezing or exercising).

Pelvic organ prolapse

These pelvic support problems occur when one or more of the organs in a woman’s pelvis—the uterus, vagina, bladder or rectum—shifts down and creates a bulge in the vaginal canal, making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. Women with pelvic organ prolapse may see or feel a bulge in the vagina.

Fecal incontinence

This is a loss of bowel control leading to leakage of stool. This problem can be caused by muscle damage during childbirth, constipation, anal injury, nerve injury or rectal prolapse.

Defecatory dysfunction

This condition refers to problems emptying the bowels. Symptoms may include the frequent and uncomfortable urge to have a bowel movement, constipation, and leakage of gas, diarrhea or solid stool.

Voiding dysfunction

This term refers to a variety of conditions that lead to the inability to empty the bladder normally. Examples include weakness of the bladder muscle and mechanical obstruction.


Pelvic Health Center

Stoneham Outpatient Campus
51 Montvale Avenue
Stoneham, MA 02180

Pelvic Floor and Continence Rehabilitation Program

41 Montvale Avenue
Stoneham, MA 02180


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Pelvic Health Questionnaire