If you've ever peed a bit when you sneeze, experienced pain during intercourse or struggled with constipation issues, you might have a pelvic floor disorder, and a urogynecologist can help. These experts are specially trained in pelvic floor health and will help you tackle health issues that can sometimes feel hard or uncomfortable to address.
What are pelvic floor disorders exactly?
First things first: "Your pelvic floor is the framework of muscles, bones, ligaments and connective tissues that line the bottom of the pelvis," says Dr. Aparna Shah, urogynecologist at The Christ Hospital. "When anything goes wrong in that boney connective tissue, soft tissue or muscular nerve structures, the result is a pelvic floor disorder."
According to the Voices of Pelvic Floor Disorders organization, one out of four women over the age of 20 suffer from a pelvic floor disorder (PFD). These PFDs are caused by a variety of factors including, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause or simply aging. Additionally, weight, race, diet and exercise, pelvic injuries, heavy lifting and many other causes can contribute to pelvic floor disorders.
How can a urogynecologist help?
Urogynecologists are physicians that specialize in pelvic floor disorders. Millions of women struggle with pelvic floor disorders but don't realize there is specialized care to help treat their issues. Disorders like pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence can all be addressed and rectified, empowering women to take control of their health.
Our urogynecology team is your partner in pelvic floor health. We offer personalized, compassionate care to our patients, as well as a variety of treatment options and support services. The Christ Hospital is also considered a leader in the Urogynecology field. We are proud to be the first hospital in the United States to use the innovative MonaLisa Touch™ laser procedure in a clinical trial to help patients with vaginal and vulvar atrophy.
Our urogynecology team also works closely with The Christ Hospital Pelvic Floor Center to give our patients access to the best specialized pelvic floor care in the TriState area.
Would you like to learn more about pelvic floor disorders and other urogynecology issues? Schedule an appointment online with one of our Women's Health specialists today or learn more about pelvic floor health and when it's time to see a urogynecology specialist.