St. Mary Medical Center offers advanced Urogynecology care through the Female Pelvic Health Center in a convenient close-to-home setting. Our medical professionals have attained the highest level of credentials, specialty training and experience and provide advanced treatments, techniques and technology in Urogynecology care.
Urogynecology is a subspecialty within the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Urogynecologists specialize in female pelvic disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (displaced pelvic organs such as the uterus, bladder, rectum, and urehtra due to decreased vaginal support creating a bulge-like sensation in the vagina), urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and constipation, and painful bladder syndromes.
Urogynecologists have completed medical school, a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a three-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. These doctors become specialists with additional training and experience in the evaluation and treatment of conditions that affect the female pelvic organs, and the muscles and connective tissue that support the organs. The additional training focuses on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of non-cancerous gynecologic problems.
Although your primary care physician or Ob/Gyn may have knowledge about these problems, a Urogynecologist can offer additional expertise. You should see or be referred to a Urogynecologist when you have problems of prolapse, and/or troublesome incontinence or when your primary doctor recommends consultation.
Other problems for which you or your doctor might think about consulting a Urogynecologist include: problems with emptying the bladder or rectum, painful intercourse, and the need for special expertise in vaginal surgery.
Urinary incontinence means not being able to control the flow of urine. This condition affects 10 to 20 percent of women younger than 65 and as many as 56 percent of women 65 or older.
Prolapse means to fall or slip out of place. Prolapsed organs bulge, sag, or fall. Although it can happen quickly, prolapse usually takes many years. Up to 50 percent of women have some form of prolapse; however, only about 11 percent of women undergo surgery for this condition.
Women often have both prolapse and incontinence. Both may be caused by damage to the pelvic floor after delivering a baby. Constant heavy lifting, chronic coughing, severe constipation, and obesity may also contribute to prolapse and incontinence.
To find out more or schedule an appointment, contact Stephanie Molden, Director of the Female Pelvic Health Center, at 215-504-8900