Do You Know Your Family Health History?
Hi friends and Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully you will be spending time with loved ones around the table today enjoying delicious food and wonderful company. Thinking about those that you’ll be spending time with today, do you know anything about their health history? For many different medical diagnoses, having an immediate family member with a disease often makes you more at risk to develop that same disease. That’s why today is National Family Health History Day!
While talking about our health history may not be the most exciting discussion, it is important. Many different diseases, like cancer, have a better prognosis and outcome when detected early so that treatment can begin. Knowing your risk level and getting routine screenings is one of the way we can detect these.
So, what does health history have to do with the pelvic floor? Many diseases, or their treatments, can affect the functioning of the pelvic floor muscles and cause pelvic floor dysfunction. When the pelvic floor muscles aren’t working properly, this can lead to issues like:
Urinary and/or fecal incontinence
Pain with sex, tampon use, or a pelvic exam at the doctors
Pelvic organ prolapse
Studies have shown that the medical conditions below have a genetic factor—meaning if an immediate family member has been diagnosed, you are more likely to be diagnosed with this condition as well compared with someone who does not a family member with a diagnosis.
Inflammatory bowel disease (*note this is a different condition from IBS)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
To learn more, click on the individual condition to read our blog posts for more details.
So this Thanksgiving, as you spend time with your loved ones, learn about your family health history. Your pelvic floor muscles will thank you later!
To learn more about your pelvic floor muscles, check out these great resources:
Learn more about the pelvic floor muscles with our book: My Pelvic Floor Muscles The Basics
Watch our YouTube videos to learn more about a specific topic
Check out our favorite pelvic health items on Amazon
Sign up for our email newsletter!
Find a pelvic therapist on your own at myPFM.com. We have links to 4 free searchable databases under Find a PT.
For providers, check our online courses to help your clients with pelvic floor dysfunction from the above conditions. Consider joining our Ambassador Program and most of our courses are included with your membership!
High Intensity PFMT Before & After Prostatectomy Improves Outcomes with Dr. Joanne Milios, PT, DPT
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation for Inflammatory Bowel Disease with Dr. Amanda Olson, PT, DPT, PRPC
Pelvic PT Evaluation of the Pelvic Floor Muscles with Dr. Samantha Richter, PT, DPT, WCS
Hypermobility and the Pelvic Floor with Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD
De-Mystifying PCOS: Understanding What it is and What to do? With Dr. Janelle Howell, PT, DPT, WCS
Watch our YouTube Playlist specially designed for providers
Written by Emily Reul, PT, DPT
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