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The 2024 Origin Pelvic Health Study has revealed concerning statistics regarding pelvic health among women aged 18 to 59, highlighting a widespread yet often overlooked issue affecting a significant portion of the population in the United States.

According to the study, 75% of women surveyed reported experiencing multiple pelvic health issues within the past year, including bladder and bowel problems, as well as pelvic pain. Despite the high prevalence of these symptoms, an overwhelming 96% of women had not received a diagnosis related to their condition from a healthcare provider.

The study also found that 64% of women acknowledged that these symptoms negatively impacted their lives. Additionally, there were significant gaps in prenatal and postpartum care, with many women reporting feeling unsupported by medical providers during these critical periods.

“This study demonstrates what has been lurking in the shadows for generations: women experience pelvic health issues of epidemic proportions, and yet the vast majority are not getting the care they need or deserve,” says Origin CEO and Co-founder Carine Carmy. “This lack of care is exacerbating their physical and mental health — as one example, people with urinary incontinence experience higher rates of anxiety and depression. The good news is that a solution exists in pelvic floor physical therapy.”

“Many of the symptoms reported can be directly caused by pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD),” explains Liz Miracle, PT, MSPT, Head of Clinical Quality & Education at Origin. “PFD occurs when the muscles that span the base of the pelvis are unable to contract, relax, or engage in coordinated movement necessary to support healthy bowel, bladder, and intercourse. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a first-line, evidence-based treatment for PFD.”

The study, conducted in collaboration with Ipsos and funded by Rise Together Ventures, underscores the need for increased awareness, education, and support surrounding pelvic health. As Women’s Health Month and Mental Health Awareness Month approach in May, the findings of the 2024 Origin Pelvic Health Study serve as a timely reminder of the importance of prioritizing women’s health and well-being.

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