Causes and Symptoms
We help you understand your pelvic condition
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Our patients come to us with different reasons for potential pelvic floor conditions, which often involve one or more organs, muscles and connective tissues.
Causes for pelvic conditions
Conditions of the pelvic floor can be caused by anything from the stress of childbirth to years of active strain on your body. Among the most common causes are:
- Pregnancy and/or childbirth
- Physical exercise or years of heavy lifting or straining
- Chronic coughing or vomiting
- Being overweight
- Pelvic surgery, such as hysterectomy
Symptoms of pelvic conditions
You should consider seeing a pelvic health physician if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms:
- Leaking or dribbling of either urine or stool during normal activities
- Feeling the frequent need to go to the bathroom
- Experiencing constant pressure in the vagina
- Sensing a protrusion or bulge from the vagina, like a part of your inside body is hanging out
- Repeated urinary tract infections
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Problems after placement of pelvic mesh
- Pain in the pelvic area during intercourse, urination or bowel movements
Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor conditions, and meet your VCU Health women's health team.