Urogynecology refers to the branch of medicine that deals specifically with the female urinary and reproductive systems. At MIRI Women’s Health, this means we can treat problems or disorders of either or both systems. Most of these issues affect the “pelvic floor,” the band of muscles and tissues located underneath the pelvis and providing support to the vagina and anus, among other structures.
What is the Pelvic Floor?
Your pelvic floor provides strength and protection to your abdominal organs including your intestines, bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. The pelvic floor is made up of connective tissue, muscles and ligaments that provide a sling for your organs and help them function properly.
Conditions affecting the pelvic floor can interfere with urination, bowel movements and sexual pleasure. Both urinary and rectal incontinence can make it difficult to get the appropriate amount of sleep, travel away from home, participate in social activities, and even maintain a job. Incontinence can also lead to problems with skin breakdown that can cause pain and difficulty with movement.
Urogynecology for the Pelvic Floor
Incontinence and pelvic prolapse are common conditions, but many women still feel embarrassed by bladder leakage and work hard to hide the degree of their discomfort. Disorders that affect the pelvic floor can be caused by vaginal birth, aging, hormonal change during menopause, abdominal surgeries like hysterectomy or other conditions like diabetes. Urinary or fecal incontinence or leakage, pelvic organ prolapse, fistula, bladder pain and trouble emptying the bladder or bowel are all considered pelvic floor disorders.
Treating Pelvic Floor Disorders
Many women find it difficult to seek treatment for pelvic floor disorders and that’s why MIRI offers compassionate, individualized care. MIRI specialists work hard to get to know you and how your pelvic floor disorder impacts your life. With this knowledge, a specialized treatment plan will be created just for you. Your treatment plan may include muscle strengthening, bladder training, biofeedback, medications or surgical intervention.