Managing Bacterial Vaginosis and Constipation: Pelvic Floor Therapy Tips

By Pelvic Health Physical Therapy on 2/2/2024

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Pelvic floor therapy is typically not a primary treatment for bacterial vaginosis or constipation. However, pelvic floor therapy can be beneficial for addressing pelvic floor dysfunction, which may contribute to or exacerbate symptoms related to these conditions.

Pelvic Floor Therapy for Bacterial Vaginosis

Muscle Imbalance and bacterial vaginosis:

Pelvic floor therapy may be considered if there are signs of pelvic muscle imbalances or dysfunction. The therapy aims to improve muscle tone, coordination, and overall pelvic health.

Supporting Vaginal Health:

While pelvic floor therapy doesn't directly treat bacterial vaginosis, improving pelvic floor function may contribute to better overall vaginal health. The therapy focuses on addressing tension or weakness in the pelvic floor muscles.

Pelvic Floor Therapy for Constipation:

Improving Bowel Function:

Pelvic floor therapy can be beneficial for individuals with constipation, especially if the cause is related to pelvic floor dysfunction. Therapists can provide exercises and techniques to enhance muscle coordination and function, potentially improving bowel movements.


Biofeedback is a technique often used in pelvic floor therapy. It helps individuals become more aware of and gain control over their pelvic floor muscles. Biofeedback can be useful for addressing muscle imbalances that contribute to constipation.

Relaxation Techniques:

Pelvic floor therapists may teach relaxation techniques to reduce tension in the pelvic floor muscles. This can be particularly helpful for individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction associated with constipation.

Collaboration with Gastroenterologists:

In cases of chronic constipation, collaboration between pelvic floor therapists and gastroenterologists is common. This collaboration ensures a comprehensive approach to address both the muscular and digestive aspects of constipation.


Individualized Treatment:

Pelvic floor therapy is individualized, and the specific exercises or techniques used will depend on the assessment of the pelvic floor muscles by a qualified therapist.

Complementary Approach:

Pelvic floor therapy is often part of a broader treatment plan that may include lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, and, in some cases, medical interventions prescribed by healthcare professionals.

Consultation with Healthcare Providers:

Before starting pelvic floor therapy for bacterial vaginosis or constipation, it's essential to consult with healthcare providers to determine the underlying causes of symptoms and to ensure that pelvic floor therapy is an appropriate and beneficial part of the overall treatment plan.

Pelvic floor therapy should be conducted by a qualified pelvic floor therapist or physical therapist with expertise in this area. These professionals can assess your individual condition, provide targeted interventions, and collaborate with other healthcare providers to optimize your treatment plan.

If you are experiencing pelvic floor dysfunctions associated with the issues above, please reach out to us at Pelvic Health Center in Madison, NJ to set up an evaluation and treatment! Feel free to call us at 908-443-9880 or email us at

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