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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is a urogynecologist?

    A urogynecologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment of female pelvic floor disorders. Since they only see women, they can address their special health needs.

  • What is the pelvic floor?

    The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and ligaments that support the internal organs of the female pelvis: bladder, vagina, uterus, and rectum.

  • What are pelvic floor disorders?

    Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs for short) include problems with bladder or bowel control and/or bulging of the uterus, bladder or rectum through the vagina.

  • How common are PFDs?

    One in three women will experience at least one PFD in her lifetime.

  • What causes PFDs?

    For most women, PFDs are related to changes to the pelvic floor caused by childbirth. However, age, smoking, and genetics are also risk factors.

  • Are PFDs just a normal part of aging?

    No! PFDs can and have been treated successfully using non-surgical and surgical treatments.

  • What about Mesh?

    We do not use vaginal mesh kits. We tailor our treatments to each individual patient and use her natural tissue whenever possible.  If you have had mesh placed and are having problems, surgical removal may be required. We can help.

  • Should I wait until the problem is worse before talking with my doctor?

    Less than half of women with PFDs seek help within one year. A fourth of women with PFDs wait more than  five years before seeking help. Quiet suffering is unnecessary. Talk to your doctor or call our office directly today!

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