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What is the Definition of Pelvic Health?

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If you Google search this question, you will mostly get a list of medical providers who specialize in disorders of the female pelvis. These disorders include problems in the organs located in the female pelvis-the bladder, parts of the bowel or intestine, all reproductive organs (uterus, ovaries, and vagina), and the muscles, ligaments, and other tissues that hold everything together.

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Our Definition of "Pelvic Health"

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Pelvic Health is the best possible functioning and management of the bladder, bowel, and reproductive organs. It is not merely the absence of disease or weakness in these organs. Pelvic health plays an important role in complete physical, mental, social, and sexual well-being.

This definition is different than what most medical professionals would think of if asked to define pelvic health. We are taking a holistic approach and are focusing on the full function of the pelvic organs instead of disease management. Also, we look at treatment effects on all organs in the pelvis, including those specific to the female body, thereby creating a need for research on gender differences in bladder and bowel care.

Most information that is available focuses on pelvic floor disorders. Before discussing pelvic floor disorders experienced by women with physical disabilities, we offer basic information about common disorders experienced by women in general.