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Pelvic Floor Disorders: Overview

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A pelvic floor disorder (PFD) occurs when the muscles or connective tissues of the pelvic area weaken or are injured. The most common pelvic floor disorders are urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. PFDs are more common among older women.

The NICHD supports and conducts research on PFDs. For example, NICHD-supported studies evaluate therapies for PFDs and fine-tune ways to measure treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction.

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  • Pelvic floor disorders

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  • Pelvic floor disorders
Last Updated Date: 06/25/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 04/25/2012
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