Urogynecology is a subspecialty within obstetrics and gynecology that focuses on pelvic floor disorders and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Urogynecologists are fellowship trained surgeons.
At SSM Health, our skilled and compassionate urogynecologists can help you choose the best plan to treat your pelvic floor disorder. Take the first step towards relief from your symptoms and find a provider near you today.
What is a Pelvic Floor Disorder?
The pelvic floor is a series of muscles and connective tissue that support the organs in your pelvis: the bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel and rectum. When that support system is weakened, these organs can’t function properly, resulting in conditions like prolapse and incontinence.
Childbirth is the most common cause of pelvic floor disorders in women. Other factors that increase your risk of pelvic floor disorders include obesity, repeated heavy lifting, your genetics and previous pelvic surgery.
Conditions Treated by Urogynecologists
Conditions commonly treated by urogynecologists include:
- Urinary incontinence and other urinary problems like painful urination and the urgent need to urinate
- Fecal incontinence
- Constipation or pain during bowel movements
- Pelvic organ prolapse, which can cause pain and pressure in the vagina or rectum
- Pelvic pain
Approximately one in three women will experience one of these conditions. If you’re one of them, don’t hesitate to seek treatment since pelvic floor problems are not likely to go away on their own and often get worse over time. Care may range from conservative office treatments to reconstructive surgery.
Get started today by making an appointment with one of our specialists, who will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and help you select the treatment that’s best for you.
Remember that pelvic pain and other pelvic floor disorders can be challenging to treat so consider getting a second opinion before committing to a treatment plan.