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Research on possibly preventing PFDs has only just begun . Traditionally, w omen are taught certain actions that may lower the risk of developing a pelvic floor problem 1:
Some pregnant women wonder if they can prevent pelvic floor problems by having a cesarean delivery rather than a vaginal delivery. The answer is not clear-cut. Women who never become pregnant may develop pelvic floor problems; some women who have multiple pregnancies do not. Undergoing a cesarean delivery presents other significant risks to consider.4
If you are pregnant and concerned about future pelvic floor problems, talk to your health care provider.
Researchers are actively studying ways to reduce or ease symptoms, such as :
Yes. Do not wait until your symptoms are "really bad" to get help. Without treatment, symptoms can worsen and may affect your self-esteem, your ability to do your job well, your relationships, and many other aspects of daily living. In addition, buying products to deal with the symptoms of bladder or bowel control problems can be costly.6, 7
Talk to your health care provider if you see or feel a bulge of tissue in your vagina or have other symptoms, including changes in bladder and bowel control.8
Surgical mesh is a medical device that is permanently implanted to provide strength and support to weakened or damaged tissue.9 With pelvic floor surgery, one of two types of mesh are used:
Although both types of mesh have been approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency is investigating reports of problems associated with the vaginal mesh. For more information about the FDA's investigations and about problems associated with vaginal mesh, visit the Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh Implants page of the FDA website.
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