Women's Services

Phone Numbers

Mammogram Appointments
(803) 791-2486
Pelvic Pain & Incontinence
(803) 791-2397
Pre-Register for Childbirth
(803) 791-2560
Tour the Birth Center
(803) 791-2229
Find a Midwife
(803) 791-8100
Request a Doula
(803) 791-2631
Infant Security Line
(803) 791-2631
New Parent Help Line
(803) 791-2525

Pelvic Floor Program

Treat Urinary Incontinence & Pelvic Pain

Individualized treatment plans to help with symptoms caused by weak pelvic floor muscles.

(803) 791-2397

"It felt like a team supporting me."

— Angela, Women’s Services Patient

Who is the pelvic floor program for?

Patients who are experiencing urinary incontinence or pelvic pain, either occasionally or regularly. The pain can be described as aching or burning and is considered chronic when symptoms last longer than six months.

Ask your doctor for a referral if you have:

  • Trouble with leaking urine during normal daily activities.
  • Leakage with sneezing, coughing or laughing.
  • Pain in your lower abdomen, pelvis, hip, buttocks or tailbone.
  • Pain with sexual intercourse.
  • Trouble starting the urine stream.
  • Trouble holding urine when feeling a strong urge to go.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Limited sitting tolerance.
  • Painful bowel movements.

Treament Options

A women's health physical therapist can help you gain control of your symptoms with an individualized treatment plan.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Diet and nutrition education.
  • Behavior changes.
  • Pelvic floor and surrounding muscle exercises.
  • Biofeedback.
  • Techniques for decreasing urinary urge and frequency.
  • Electrical stimulation.
  • Postural training and strengthening of abdominal core muscles.

Urinary Incontinence Causes

Urinary incontinence may be caused by:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Surgery in the Vagina or Rectum
  • Episiotomy
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Joint Pain
  • Muscle Weakness

Pelvic Pain Causes

Pelvic pain is in the lower abdomen or pelvis. Symptoms are often caused by weakness and dysfunction of the pelvic floor.

Pelvic pain may be caused by:

  • Pelvic Joint Dysfunction
  • Muscle Weakness and Tightness
  • Tender Points in the Muscle
  • Pressure on Nerves in the Pelvis
  • Trauma
  • Childbirth
  • Scar Tissue after Surgery
  • Cycling on Hard, Uncomfortable Seats
  • Stress