More than a third of women experience pelvic floor disorders. Vaginal delivery can lead to more significant issues in some women; pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse, all of which can require non-surgical or surgical interventions.
Your pelvic floor is composed of muscles that support and allow proper function of your bladder, uterus, and bowel. During pregnancy, a mother's body prepares for childbirth. This means that the pelvic bones must separate to make room for the baby. The hormone Relaxin loosens the pelvic ligaments allowing for the expansion of the uterus and passage of the baby during delivery. This increase in hormones (around ten times the average amount prepregnancy) can also affect other ligaments. Your knees and hips may also loosen, which can contribute to pregnancy hip and back pain.
While signs and symptoms may vary in severity or duration, after delivery you may experience:
• Hip, groin, or pubic pain enhanced by physical activity;
• Pain during sex or persistent pain;
• Urinary incontinence (for example, not able to hold your urine when you sneeze or when rushing to get to the bathroom);
• Increased vaginal pressure sensation
Our Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery experts at Emory Women's Center located at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6335 Hospital Parkway can provide a consultation that can assess your risk before you deliver or offer therapeutic options for recovery or repair of the pelvic floor muscles after childbirth. Sana Ansari, MD who treats patients both at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital wants her patients to know, “Education with early diagnosis and intervention can expedite recovery and decrease risk of progression of pelvic floor disorders after pregnancy and delivery.”
Dr. Ansari, along with her Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery colleagues offer patients diagnostic and therapeutic options tailored to their specific pelvic floor needs. At Emory Women’s Center, our team of board-certified specialists is highly trained in laparoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive surgical techniques. We have four convenient locations to serve you: Emory University Hospital/The Emory Clinic on Clifton Road, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Saint Joseph's, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital.
To find out more about the Emory Women's Center Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery services or to make an appointment to speak with Sana Ansari, MD, call 404-778-3401.