A PFD occurs when the muscles or connective tissues of the pelvic area weaken or are injured. The most common PFDs are urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. PFDs are more common among older women.
NICHD supports and conducts research on PFDs. For example, NICHD-supported studies evaluate therapies and improve ways to measure treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction.