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Glossary Of Terms

 .::: GENERAL TERMS ::::.

  u Pelvic floor muscles
– A group of muscles in the pelvis that support and help to control the vagina, uterus, bladder urethra and rectum.

  u Bladder
– A muscular organ which stores urine.

 


  u Ureters
– A pair of tubes, each leading from one of the kidneys, to the bladder.

  u Urethra
– A short narrow tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body.

 

  u Voiding
Passage of urine out of the body.


.::: COMMON PELVIC FLOOR DISORDERS :::.

  u Urinary incontinence
– Involuntary leakage of urine.


  u Stress incontinence

 – involuntary loss of urine during activities that put “stress” on the bladder such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, lifting…etc and it does make trouble to the woman.

  u Urge incontinence
– An involuntary loss of urine preceded by a strong sudden desire to void (urge)

                      (also known as “overactive bladder).

  u Dysuria
– Painful urination.


  u  Urgency
– A sudden strong desire to pass urine.


  u Frequency
 – The need to urinate more often than normal
(more than every 2 hours or more than 7 times a day).


  u Nocturia
– Waking up frequently (more than once) during the night to urinate.

normal-female cystocele

  u Cystocele
– Prolapse or bulging of the bladder into the vagina.

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  u Rectocele
– Prolapse or bulging of the rectum into the vagina.

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  u Enterocele
– Prolapse or bulging of the small intestine into a space between the rectum and vagina.


  u Uterine prolapse
– Prolapse or descent of the uterus into the vagina.

 
  u Fecal Incontinence
– Accidental involuntary loss of solid stool, liquid stool, or gas.

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