Dr. Dugan shares the symptoms a woman would experience if the muscles at her pelvic floor had low tone.
We also see women that have low tone or too much mobility of their pelvic floor, and as I said before, that can sometimes occur maybe after you’ve had several children, or if you’ve had any kind of gynecologic surgery, and in that case we call it hypotonic or low-tone pelvic floor, and that will typically present with things like, if you cough or sneeze, you leak urine. So stress urinary incontinence.
Some people even, excuse me, some women also have fecal incontinence so they have trouble maintaining the fecal contents in the anus before they get to the bathroom, they can have some leaking.
About Dr. Dugan, M.D.:
Dr. Sheila A. Dugan, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rush Medical College, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. She is a faculty member of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is co-medical director of the Rush Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health.
Dr. Dugan is multi board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic medicine and pain medicine. She is highly skilled in neurological and sports-related rehabilitation. Prior to medical school, she received her physical therapy degree from Northwestern University in 1986. She's currently pursuing development of a program focused on women's musculoskeletal care, including both their medical and rehabilitation needs.