Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Weakened Pelvic Muscles Overview

Another name for Weakened Pelvic Muscles is Pelvic Relaxation.

What is pelvic relaxation?
Pelvic relaxation is a condition that occurs mainly in women. A woman with pelvic relaxation has weakness in the muscles that support the pelvis. The weak muscles may lead to urinary incontinence, stress incontinence, uterine prolapse, and vaginal prolapse.

What are the symptoms of pelvic relaxation?
Symptoms of pelvic relaxation include difficulty urinating, urinary frequency, urinary urgency, urinary incontinence. A woman may leak urine while laughing, coughing, or straining. Severe pelvic relaxation may cause uterine prolapse symptoms or vaginal prolapse symptoms.

How does the doctor treat pelvic relaxation?
Treatment for pelvic relaxation may include Kegel exercises, medications, weight reduction for obesity, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Nov 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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