Urinary incontinence—the accidental release of urine—is common, especially among older women. Stress incontinence happens when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or do other things that put pressure on your bladder. Urge incontinence happens when you suddenly need to urinate and can’t reach the toilet in time.
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).
For some reason female urinary incontinence is not a major topic of conversation among women, although it should be. It is a common problem among 25 – 45% of women over the age of 30 in the United States, and getting all the facts should be worth any embarrassment.
A UTI is an infection in any part of your urinary tract. Having one UTI is painful enough, but having them come back can be quite frustrating. If you get three or more of these infections within a year, this recurrence is known as chronic.
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 are a woman who suffers with pelvic floor disorders like incontinence or an overactive bladder, the benefits of seeing a urogynecologist are compelling. It doesn’t mean giving up a trusted gynecologist you already see, but it is adding another resource or specialist for certain female health issues.