Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is a general term used to describe when the nerves and muscles supporting the pelvis and vagina are not coordinated with bladder, bowel, or sexual function.
This may mean that the muscles of the pelvis are too tight or too loose, and this will then send reflex signals to the bladder, bowel, or vaginal area that result in poorly controlled bowel or bladder function. PFD can be a learned problem from the time of potty training or related to a developmental problem since birth. PFD can also be acquired from injury, arthritis, infection, surgery, or even from some types of medications or radiation treatments.
PFD is diagnosed by an expert in treating pelvic health, and is treatable through careful diagnosis and treatment of the underlying condition. Sometimes the underlying condition has resolved, but PFD symptoms persist; in these situations, symptoms are treatable through retraining the nervous system pathways that govern pelvic muscle and internal organ control.