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What symptoms can pelvic floor dysfunction cause?

Pelvic floor dysfunction can cause a wide range of symptoms, include many types of pain, bowel issues, urinary/bladder issues and sexual dysfunction.

Many times patients feel like there’s so many different things wrong, when in reality it’s all stemming from the pelvic floor.

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By addressing and treating the underlying problem, we can make a substantial difference in these symptoms.

Issues the pelvic floor can cause include:

  1. Pelvic Pain, including pain in the genitals, deep groin pain, pain in the glutes or piriformis and tailbone

  2. Pelvic Girdle Pain, which includes low back pain, SI joint pain, hip pain, and pain in the inner thighs or down the legs (including sciatica)

  3. Sexual Pain in both genders, which includes pain with intercourse, insertion, arousal, post-orgasmic pain, pain with ejaculation or erection, and a flare of symptoms after sexual activity.

  4. Bowel Symptoms include constipation, pain with bowel movements, incomplete emptying, having to strain, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence or fecal smearing

  5. Urinary Issues include incontinence, urinary urgency, urinary frequency, incomplete emptying, a slow or hesitant stream, having to go at night (nocturia), and recurring UTIs.

  6. Sexual Symptoms include a lack of arousal, under-stimulation or over-stimulation, inability to orgasm erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation

  7. Other Symptoms include prolapse, feelings of heaviness or pressure, diastasis recti (often in post-partum) and issues during pregnancy.

That’s a huge list! The pelvic floor is complex, it sits at the crossroads of the body, it has a huge number of nerves running through it and it controls massively important bodily functions!

The good news is working with a great pelvic PT can address the common denominator of these symptoms and help you find lasting relief!

Finding Pelvic Sanity Podcast: What symptoms can pelvic floor dysfunction cause?

As Nicole said in the full 'sode of the podcast on this topic...

"It can be scary to have multiple different symptoms. But ultimately the pelvic floor is the common denominator - if we address the pelvic floor, we can affect so many different symptoms." -Nicole Cozean, Pelvic Sanity

If you’re dealing with pelvic health issues, make sure you join our free FB support group (Finding Pelvic Sanity), follow us for more information on Instagram (@pelvicsanity) and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify for wherever you get your podcasts!


Who are we at PelvicSanity?

At PelvicSanity, it's our mission to support patients with pelvic pain and pelvic floor symptoms, regardless of where you live. We can help with:

- In-person treatment for those in Southern California at the PelvicSanity clinic

- Immersive Out-of-Town program for those able to travel

- Remote Consultations to get you expert 1:1 help, advice and an action plan

- Online patient courses on Interstitial Cystitis and Movement for Pelvic Health

- A Facebook support group for patients called Finding Pelvic Sanity.


Nicole Cozean

Dr. Nicole Cozean is the founder of PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Orange County, CA. PelvicSanity treats patients from all over the world with remote consultations and the Immersive Out of Town Program. She also runs Pelvic PT Rising, training other pelvic PTs to better serve patients.

Named Physical Therapist of the Year, Dr. Nicole is author of the award-winning book The Interstitial Cystitis Solution and the first PT to serve on the ICA Board of Directors, Her passion is helping those with pelvic health issues - regardless of where they live - find lasting relief.

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