Postnatal Wellness

Postnatal Wellness

How Zosia Mamet Overcame Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Monday, March 6, 2017

My goal for BodyLove is not only to provide prenatal & postnatal workouts but also resource of knowledge & education. Our bodies experience extnesive changes over the course of pregnancy, labor and then as new moms. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) is so common amongst mothers & is nothing to be ashamed of! It's always great when a celebrity lehlps shine a light on a common female problem! Thanks Shosh!

How Zosia Mamet Overcame Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

You may have heard that Zosia Mamet, one of the stars of HBO's Girls, came out last month about her struggles with pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), which caused her years of sexual difficulties, pain, and problems with urination. "For six years it felt like I had the worst UTI of my life," Mamet said during an address at the AOL's Makers Conference in Los Angeles. "They told me I was crazy." She described how she was misdiagnosed, was prescribed medication that made her gain weight and feel depressed, and ultimately was told that it was all in her head. After suffering for years with misdiagnoses, Mamet finally found a doctor who knew her condition was real. "I wouldn't trade in my pain. My pain taught me everything," said Mamet. "We need to trust our bodies. Just the fact that we are feeling it makes it real."

The sad truth is that Zosia's story is not unique. Millions of women (and men) suffer from various forms of PFD and feel just as alone and "crazy" as Zosia describes.

Thankfully, awareness of pelvic floor issues is on the rise. Yet there are still misconceptions about PFD and discrimination against—and apathy toward—people with PFD symptoms.

Let's clear things up and talk about why PFD is, in fact, a BFD.

What is PFD?

Pelvic Floor Muscles
Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is a term for a musculoskeletal disorder that can cause a wide range of symptoms in your pelvis. Let's look at the first part of the term, the "PF," or the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that sit at the base of the pelvis. The pelvic floor muscles keep you stable, high, and dry, acting as a support system for your abdominal and pelvic organs. They also help close off the orifices they surround, including the urethra, vagina, and anus in women, and the urethra and anus in men. 

The "D" in the term PFD refers to a lack of—or a change in—function of the pelvic floor muscles. This usually presents as weakness or excessive tension in the pelvic floor and manifests as either a lack of support (causing issues such as pelvic organ prolapse or back pain), or a lack of closure (causing issues such as bladder leakage, fecal incontinence, or unintentional "slips" of wind). Too much closure, or an inability to relax these muscles, can cause painful sex, difficulty initiating the stream of urine, and generalized pelvic pain, which is often felt in the buttocks, tailbone, or groin.

Whether weakness or excess tension is the primary dysfunction, a lack of coordination and control of the pelvic floor (and surrounding) muscles is usually the ultimate concern. Thankfully, there is help in the form of pelvic floor physical therapy........

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