Pelvic Floor Therapy

Women's Healthcare Physicians of Naples

OB/GYNs located in Naples, FL

Pelvic floor therapy is a painless and noninvasive way to improve various aspects of women’s health, including sexual function and bladder control. The experienced OB/GYN team at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples provides pelvic floor muscle training (PMFT) at their location in Naples, Florida. To learn more about pelvic floor therapy, call or book an appointment online today.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Q & A

What is pelvic floor therapy?

Your pelvic muscles not only support your bladder, bowels, and uterus, they also play an important role in sexual function. Throughout the course of your life, you may notice that these muscles have weakened. Events like pregnancy, childbirth, and increasing age can all cause pelvic muscles to weaken.

Pelvic floor therapy or pelvic floor muscle training (PMFT) involves targeted exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles. The team at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples provides individualized PMFT plans to improve your specific condition.  

What does pelvic floor therapy treat?

Weak pelvic muscles lead to a variety of problems with the organs they support. The caring providers at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples may recommend PMFT if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Urinary incontinence, including stress and urge incontinence
  • Overactive bladder
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Chronic constipation

Additionally, PMFT may help prevent pelvic organ prolapse or reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms. 

What should I expect from pelvic floor therapy?

First, your provider at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. Then, they develop a personalized pelvic floor therapy plan to meet your needs. 

You may schedule a PMFT visit once a week for up to eight weeks, depending on your specific condition. The first appointment takes about an hour, but follow-up visits usually last only 30 minutes. 

Your provider develops a PMFT program that enables you to have the best possible outcome. They teach you how to isolate your pelvic floor muscles and perform each exercise in a way that effectively treats your condition. 

They provide you with a home exercise routine that includes the exercises and number of repetitions to complete every day. Like any other muscle in your body, your pelvic muscles will grow stronger with consistent exercise. 

About 75-90% of the patients who receive PMFT treatment achieve significant or complete relief from their condition. 

To learn more about pelvic floor therapy, call Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples or book an appointment online today.