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JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2021

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L i s te n to T h e A B M P Po d c a s t a t a b m p.co m /p o d c a s t s o r w h e reve r yo u a cce s s yo u r favo r i te p o d c a s t s 57 P elvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is one of the most common disorders affecting women post pregnancy. In fact, almost one in four women in the US suffer from one or more pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse (uterine, intestinal, or bladder), fecal incontinence, or vaginal vault prolapse caused by musculofascial and/or neurological changes in the pelvic floor as the result of trauma and age. 1 A study by the National Institutes of Health found that 40 percent of women between the ages of 60 and 79, and 50 percent of women over the age of 80, suffer from PFD. 2 And that number is only expected to increase, with estimates of 43.8 million PFD cases by 2050, up from 28.1 million cases in 2010. 3 Understanding the physiology of PFD, and the options for treatment, is important when treating aging clients. Clients who are on our tables—or will be—tend to feel shame at the effects of PFD, and may not want to talk about the subject— unless you're willing to introduce it. Use the following statistics to inform clients who may be suffering in silence. PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION The Pain Women Don't Talk About By Machelle Varma

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