There are several pelvic health issues that can occur in women and men that are unrelated to pregnancy. Some of the most common include:
- Pelvic pain: This can be caused by a variety of conditions, including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and interstitial cystitis.
- Urinary incontinence: This can be caused by weakened pelvic floor muscles, nerve damage, or certain medical conditions.
- Pelvic organ prolapse: This occurs when the muscles and ligaments that support the pelvic organs become weakened, causing them to sag or bulge into the vaginal area.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): A chronic condition that affects the large intestine. It causes abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea.
- Prostatitis: Inflammation of the prostate gland in men. It can cause pain or discomfort in the pelvic area, difficulty urinating, and other symptoms.
Treatment options for these conditions may include physical therapy, medications, and in some cases, surgery. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the cause of pelvic pain or discomfort and to develop an appropriate treatment plan.