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How is pelvic support problems diagnosed?

How is pelvic support problems diagnosed?

Physical Exam: A thorough pelvic exam by an experienced gynecologist or urogynecologist is usually sufficient to determine the characteristics and stage of the prolapse. Treatment options depend on your goals and includes no treatment, vaginal pessaries, pelvic floor physical therapy, or surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Richards
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Pelvic Support Problems (Definition)

Pelvic support problems are weaknesses in the muscles, nerves and/or connective tissue that support the pelvic organs. In women, these problems result ...Read more


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I want to know my options for treating pelvic support problems?

I want to know my options for treating pelvic support problems?

Pessary vs surgery: You can do kegel exercises to help lift the walls that have dropped minimally. For moderate to severe prolapse a person usually needs something mechanical done (either use a pessary or have surgery to lift the organs back into their proper position). Surgery includes using own tissue, cadaver tissue, pig tissue, suture mesh) and can be done vaginally or abdominally. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pelvic support problems?

What is the definition or description of: Pelvic support problems?

Causes of prolapse: Pelvic support problems are weaknesses in the muscles, nerves and/or connective tissue that support the pelvic organs. In women, these problems result in pelvic organ prolapse. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can do to prevent pelvic support problems?

Kegel exercises: Frequent kegel exercises, fast, slow and holding, 50 times a day will help. Keep your weight down and your core strong so your center of gravity doesnt shift. Avoid heavy lifting that isnt necessary and dont gain too much weight during any pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can pelvic heaviness be a symptom of a pelvic support problem?

Can pelvic heaviness be a symptom of a pelvic support problem?

Yes: Synptons may include pelvic pressure, pelvic pain, feeling like something is falling out, leaking urine, urinary urgency, feeling like you are not empting your bladder completely, constipation, pain with intercourse , feeling like the vagina is to large during intercourse. ...Read more

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Hello, have never had any female problems. I am 26 yrs of age. Have had 2 c-sections and started having bad lower pain in my left pelvic area about 3 months after having my second child. I thought this would go away but has gotten worse. I have pains in m

Hello, have never had any female problems. I am 26 yrs of age. Have had 2 c-sections and started having bad lower pain in my left pelvic area about 3 months after having my second child. I thought this would go away but has gotten worse. I have pains in m

If : If there was a tumor they would have likely seen in on ultrasound. If your ovaries do not go down in size then they may order a ct scan (cat scan) of your pelvis to get a better look at your ovaries. Depending on the results additional testing will be ordered. Were you on birth control pills or hormones or any other supplements recently? If so that may be to blame. Lastly, it sounds like your doctor(s) are doing the appropriate work up. Make sure you get an explanation as to why your ovaries were/are enlarged. Best of luck. ...Read more

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If 60 yr old woman with no prev gynecol problem got unopposed estrogen for 6 mos, should she have pelvis us to check effect on endometrial lining?

If 60 yr old woman with no prev gynecol problem got unopposed estrogen for 6 mos, should she have pelvis us to check effect on endometrial lining?

Good idea.: A pelvic exam, pap smear cytology & transvaginal ultrasound should be done. If there is post menopausal bleeding or spotting, d & c should be performed. Do not forget annual mammography. ...Read more

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What if a woman can't find the cause of her pelvic pain?

Keep looking: There are definitely many causes of pelvic pain and when trying to identify the cause it should be looked at by many doctors: gynecologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, muscle pain or nerve pain. Usually a cause can be found, just takes the right person to figure it out. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose pelvic pain problems?

How do you diagnose pelvic pain problems?

History and exam: A thorough history and examination often gives us clues. An ultrasound exam gives additional information though some common causes, like endometriosis and pelvic adhesions, may not be visible on ultrasound. Sometimes a trial of treatment helps establish a diagnosis. For some diseases, the only way to make a definitive diagnosis is through a laparoscopy. ...Read more

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What pelvic floor disorders affect women?

What pelvic floor disorders  affect women?

Many: Pelvic floor disorders covers a spectrum of pelvic organ prolapse which is when the pelvic organs are falling down from the normal postion. The bladder, urethra, rectum, vagina and uterus can all be involved to a minimal degree or extensively involved with complete prolapse, which is where the uterus or vagina falls outside completely. Incontinence is also commonly present. ...Read more

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What can cause pelvic discomfort in women?

What can cause pelvic discomfort in women?

Endometriosis. : Usually we do a physical exam, followed by ultrasound, then laparoscopy if needed. Pain could be due to fibroids, ovarian cysts, or endometriosis. ...Read more

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What is causing left pelvic pain in a woman?

What is causing left pelvic pain in a woman?

More info needed: A woman has many structures in the left pelvis that can be sources of pain. Ovarian cysts, abcesses, or tumors, pelvic infections or endometriosis, bladder or kidney infections or stones, and constipation or other colon conditions can all cause pain in this area. Or you could simply be ovulating, have strained a muscle, or have a hernia. I'd advise you to see your doctor. ...Read more

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My fiance has lower pelvic pain any problem for the future?

Possibly: This could lead to problems with sexual activity if the pain gets worse with intercourse. Could be due to endometriosis which could cause fertility problems as well. She should seek healthcare. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have pelvic pain..I am a female. What could be causing this?

Pelvic pain is broad: The possibilities for pelvic pain are numerous. Requires a comprehensive history and physical exam. It's a long list ! but worry not, it's a common problem just requires some work to figure out. ...Read more

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If the pelvic nerves are damaged a bit could this cause problems with sexual organs?

If the pelvic nerves are damaged a bit could this cause problems with sexual organs?

Yes: It certainly can! the exact surgery (or trauma) involved, and whether this is in a man or a woman will help identify clearly the possible problems. But healthy nerves are critical for normal sexual function, as are healthy blood vessels and circulation. Medications can cause problems as well. ...Read more

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If someone has a left pelvic kidney are there serious problems that may come in the future? And is there anyway of fixing that kidney?

If someone has a left pelvic kidney are there serious problems that may come in the future? And is there anyway of fixing that kidney?

Fix only if injury: Pelvic kidneys(ectopic) is more mobile (lacks normal attachment) than normally located kidneys. Usually pelvic kidney is smaller. The collecting system and ureter can kink causing hydronephrosis or dilated collecting system. This can increase incidence of stones and infection. Blunt trauma to the pelvis can damage kidney. If in contact sports, need protective wear. Many people have no problems. ...Read more

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I am a 35 year old male and having intermittent sharp pain in my right pelvic area just had it for couple hours now. What could be the problem?

I am a 35 year old male and having intermittent sharp pain in my right pelvic area just had it for couple hours now. What could be the problem?

Hard to say: In the lower abdomen, sharp pain without other significant symptoms usually indicates bowel stretch such as due to gas or constipation or something in the abdominal wall such as a hernia or muscle strain. Could also represent shingles, but i think young male - muscle strain. ...Read more