You may have heard that Zosia Mamet, one of the stars of HBO's Girls, came out last month about her struggles with pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), which caused her years of sexual difficulties, pain, and problems with urination. "For six years it felt like I had the worst UTI of my life," Mamet said during an address at the AOL's Makers Conference in Los Angeles. "They told me I was crazy." She described how she was misdiagnosed, was prescribed medication that made her gain weight and feel depressed, and ultimately was told that it was all in her head. After suffering for years with misdiagnoses, Mamet finally found a doctor who knew her condition was real. "I wouldn't trade in my pain. My pain taught me everything," said Mamet. "We need to trust our bodies. Just the fact that we are feeling it makes it real."
The sad truth is that Zosia's story is not unique. Millions of women (and men) suffer from various forms of PFD and feel just as alone and "crazy" as Zosia describes.
Thankfully, awareness of pelvic floor issues is on the rise. Yet there are still misconceptions about PFD and discrimination against—and apathy toward—people with PFD symptoms.
Let's clear things up and talk about why PFD is, in fact, a BFD.