Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Specialist

Gina Sam, MD, MPH -  - Gastroenterologist

Gina Sam, MD, MPH

Gastroenterologist & Wellness Center located in Midtown, New York, NY

Incontinence, constipation, and sexual problems are all signs of pelvic floor dysfunction — a condition where you can’t control your pelvic floor muscles. At her practice in New York, as an experienced gastroenterologist and wellness expert, Dr. Gina Sam diagnoses and treats pelvic floor dysfunction with exams and innovative treatments to help you regain control of your body and improve your quality of life. Call or schedule a consultation online today.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

What is pelvic floor dysfunction?

Your pelvic floor is the cradle of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support your bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum. In addition to supporting your pelvic organs and holding them in place, your pelvic floor also helps your organs work correctly.

Pelvic floor dysfunction occurs when damage or weakness to your pelvic floor interfere with your body functions. The condition is more common in women than men and causes symptoms that have a negative impact on your wellness and quality of life.

What are symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction?

Pelvic floor dysfunction causes several troublesome conditions as well as a variety of symptoms. The three primary conditions caused by weakness in your pelvic floor include:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse

If you have a pelvic floor disorder, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Urinary issues like stress incontinence, increased urge to urinate, or painful urination
  • Constipation
  • Pain and pressure in your vagina or rectum
  • Muscle spasm in your pelvic area
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Lower back pain

What causes pelvic floor dysfunction?

As mentioned, women experience pelvic floor disorders more often than men. This is because pregnancy and childbirth are the most common causes of damage and weakness to your pelvic floor. Being overweight or obese also contributes to your risk of developing pelvic floor disorders.

If you’ve had pelvic surgery or radiation treatments to your pelvic region, your chances of pelvic floor dysfunction increase. These treatments can damage the tissue and nerves in your pelvic floor.

How is pelvic floor dysfunction treated?

The first step of getting treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction is talking to Dr. Sam about your symptoms. Many people assume their symptoms are an inevitable part of getting older or are embarrassed to talk about their condition. Pelvic floor disorders and symptoms like incontinence are very common and often easily treated.

Dr. Sam performs a thorough consultation to learn more about your overall health and symptoms while checking for physical abnormalities that could contribute to your condition.

Once she identifies the condition causing your pelvic floor dysfunction, she offers customized treatments to restore the integrity of your pelvic floor, reduce your symptoms, and improve your quality of life.

Treatments may include medication, self-care and lifestyle modifications, or in severe circumstances, surgery.

Call or schedule a consultation online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction.