According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly a quarter of U.S. women are affected by pelvic floor disorders, a cluster of health problems that causes physical discomfort and limits activity.
A research team at the University of Utah School of Medicine submitted questions on pelvic floor disorders for inclusion in the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Overall, about 24 percent of women had moderate to severe symptoms of at least one pelvic floor disorder. About 16 percent experienced urinary incontinence, nine percent fecal incontinence and three percent pelvic organ prolapse.
Why do you need to know about your pelvic floor health?
Listen in as the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Health Foundation, Missy Lavender, shares the importance of knowing about your pelvic health.