A urogynecologist is a doctor who is specially trained to treat women with both gynecologic issues as well as problems concerning urology. This medical field of urogynecology did not exist until 2011, so it is a relatively new medical profession. Urogynecologists treat many issues so women only need to see one doctor instead of multiple ones. If you are having issues with any pelvic floor disorders or with incontinence, when should you consider urogynecology surgery?
Childbirth is one of the main causes for pelvic floor disorders, and it can become more severe with each birth, especially if the labor was long or difficult. There are many things all women should know about pelvic floor disorders so let’s review them one at a time.
If you have occasional bladder leakage but are too embarrassed to reveal this to your physician, you are not alone. Although this is a very common issue, it is believed that half of women do not report this to their doctor. Focus on the fact that bladder leakage is a treatable condition. Unless you want to battle this on your own for the rest of your life, read about the reasons why women should seek treatment for bladder leakage, and what those treatments are.
Pelvic organ prolapse is a scary sounding name. It occurs when the pelvic organs and tissues that support the pelvic organs—uterus, bladder, vagina, small bowel, or rectum—become weak or loose. Let’s review the 7 signs you may have pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
If you are a woman who suffers from urinary incontinence or frequent urination, you should see a urogynecologist. It doesn’t mean giving up a trusted gynecologist you already see. Rather, the goal is to seek the advice of a specialist who focuses on female bladder issues.
Chances are you are reading this article because you have seen the T.V. commercials raising awareness of the complications of “vaginal mesh.” Personally, I don’t recall the last time I watched 15 minutes of daytime TV without coming across such commercials. So, what is pelvic mesh? Why are they used in the pelvis? What complications are being spoken of? And, what should you know if you have had pelvic mesh?