Urogynecologists focus on female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, handling issues related to the pelvic floor and bladder.
Urogynecology is a subfield of gynecology and obstetrics or urology. Urogynecologists focus on female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, handling issues related to the pelvic floor and bladder.
Issues involving your pelvic floor can cause symptoms such as urinary symptoms including:
According to urogynecologist, Lauren Tennyson, M.D., “Bladder or pelvic floor issues can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life. Many women live with these issues for years prior to seeking treatment because of shame or embarrassment. However, these issues are common – nearly one in three women have some type of urine leakage.”
Consult your health care provider about seeing a urogynecologist if you are experiencing:
Many of these symptoms may occur due to trauma from childbirth or strenuous activity such as frequent heavy lifting.
When you see a urogynecologist, be prepared to share details about your medical history and any symptoms you have been experiencing, including how often they occur, what time of day they usually occur and how long they last.
Urogynecologists can evaluate, diagnose and treat patients for various health issues, including:
Some examinations could include a test of your pelvic muscle, to test the strength of your pelvic floor and evaluate your bladder area for painful sites. In some cases Kegel exercises can help to prevent or control urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor problems that are discovered through this test.
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