Dec. 14th, 2020
COSM: Personalized Medicine for Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women
Pelvic floor disorders in women are a group of conditions that affect the muscles, tissues and ligaments of the female pelvic floor—impacting the support of organs such as the bladder, bowel, uterus and rectum.
Imagine a medical condition that resembles a sort of hernia where these pelvic organs fall out through the vagina. The downward protrusion of the uterus, bladder or rectum into the vagina—termed pelvic organ prolapse—is caused by a weakening of supporting structures for holding pelvic organs in place inside the pelvic cavity. In many cases, the vagina itself may be pulled down and turned inside out. Pelvic floor disorders constitute problems ranging from discomfort and pain due to constipation, urinary and bowel issues, chronic backaches and sexual dysfunction—resulting in decreased quality of life for millions of women.
“Beyond prolapse, there’s also urinary and fecal incontinence,” explains Derek Sham, CEO and founder of Toronto-based Cosm Medical. “The likelihood of occurrence for women comes down to many factors such as age, activity level, having vaginal child delivery, and suffering from genetic conditions such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).”