Urogynecology

Our specialists in urogynecology provide expert care for women having problems with incontinence and pelvic floor disorders, including prolapse. Urogynecologists are OB-GYNs who have special training in treating pelvic floor disorders in women. Pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence, can limit activities, such as shopping, exercise and travel. The specialists at MaineHealth are sensitive to your needs.

What is urogynecology?

Urogynecology is medical care for the woman’s pelvic floor. The pelvic floor has muscles and tissues that support the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. Pelvic floor disorders (PFD) can happen when the pelvic floor muscles become weak or damaged. They may not work like they should.

Pelvic floor disorders (PFD)

  • Urinary incontinence: loss of bladder control;

  • Fecal incontinence: loss of bowel control;

  • Pelvic organ prolapse: Loss of support (dropping down) of the bladder, vagina, uterus or rectum.

There are many different causes for female pelvic floor disorders. Here are common factors that may lead to pelvic floor disorders:

  • Getting older

  • Being obese

  • Having a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)

  • Being pregnant

  • Having a baby (vaginal delivery)

  • Straining, such as lifting heavy things

Symptoms of pelvic floor disorders

Common symptoms of female pelvic floor dysfunction include:

  • Urinary problems, including urge to go and frequent need to go

  • Pelvic pain

  • Lower back pain

  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)

  • Feeling that you need to have several bowel movements in a short time

  • Painful intercourse

Treating pelvic floor disorder in women

There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction. Treatment includes pelvic floor exercises, medical devices that support the pelvic organs, and surgery. Talk to your doctor about symptoms you may be having of pelvic floor disorder.  Your doctor may refer you to see a urogynecologist or a pelvic medicine specialist.

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The primary care providers at MaineHealth have the compassion and skill to care for you and the entire family. They make your health and your family’s health the first priority.
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