Health and Wellness: Understanding women's pelvic floor and what can go wrong

A woman’s pelvic floor is found in the muscular base of the abdomen, attached to the bony pelvis.

Complications surrounding the pelvis were some of the topics discussed at the International Uro-gynecological Association conference that was held in Cape Town last week. The conference brought together over 12 hundred experts in this field from all around the world.

Dr Peter de Jong, obstetrician and gynaecologist, says the conference was not only confined to doctors, nurses and experts in the field, but also gave the opportunity to local women to have their say and ask questions around their own bodies.

Dr de Jong explained what the pelvic floor is, and some of the problems that can arise.

The pelvic floor consist of muscles and support structure that attach themselves to the actual pelvic bone and these muscles are aided by the connective tissue which is the ligaments and also the blood vessels and the nerves which all go together to form a support of the bladder, the vagina, the uterus and the rectum.

Dr Peter de Jong, obstetrician and gynaecologist

All these are vital and effect women's health and their well being.

Dr Peter de Jong, obstetrician and gynaecologist

Dr de Jong says subjects like pelvic floor prolapse are not frequently talked about because of their embarrassing nature. He says when addressed, many women can benefit from the advice and know what to do and how to prevent these problems.

According to Dr de Jong, they are a number of factors to consider that could be the cause of these conditions like age,hormonal status and natural child birth.

He says prolapse can be prevented by caesarean section but he doesn't advocate that every woman should have a caesarean section.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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