Alaska Urological Institute

Pelvic Floor Disorder

Pelvic floor disorder (PFD) can be an uncomfortable topic, but it needs to be discussed in order to get properly treated. Do you think your mother, sister, wife or other loved one is suffering from PFD? If so, these conversation starters, statistics on PFD will be helpful in starting the dialogue.

Conversation Starters

  • I noticed you have been going to the bathroom frequently throughout the day / night.
  • I read some really interesting information about pelvic floor disorders the other day and thought you might be interested to know that a lot of women have similar problems that can be treated.
  • I have noticed you haven’t been as active as you have been in the past. Is it related to your leaking problem?
  • Have you noticed leakage when you are coughing, laughing or lifting heavy objects?

If your loved one’s response indicates that she may have PFD, schedule an appointment with one of our specialists for an evaluation.

PFD points of reference
Use these facts in conversation to help your loved one recognize that she is not alone and that help is available.

  • Pelvic floor disorder is not considered a normal part of aging with which you just have to live. It is a medical condition that can be successfully treated.
  • Women may spend more than $900 per year purchasing pads and other products to cope with their incontinence instead of seeking treatment – but they don’t have to.
  • Women who suffer from pelvic floor disorders tend not to report their condition due to embarrassment. But they should not be embarrassed. Many women suffer from PFD.
  • More than 50% of women age 55 and older suffer one or more of the problems caused by pelvic floor disorders.