Advanced Women's Health treats all types of urogynecologic conditions.
Over 50% of women experience the involuntary loss of urine in their lifetime, but fortunately there are many excellent available treatments.
The two most common types of urinary incontinence are stress incontinence (leakage with coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercise, etc), and urge incontinence (feeling that you have to constantly urinate with or without urine leakage).
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is the bulging of the bladder, uterus, or rectum through the vagina. Common symptoms include the inability to hold a tampon, the feeling of a vaginal bulge, or feeling vaginal discomfort. Many women also feel uncomfortable with intercourse, leading to embarrassment regarding their condition.
Pelvic organ prolapse is extremely common—over 50% of women have some degree of prolapse and more than 10% will ultimately have surgery to correct it.
Luckily there are many surgical and non-surgical treatment options that can successfully treat prolapse, and most of the surgical options are minimally invasive. Learn more.
Dyspareunia (painful sex) is defined as persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during or after intercourse. Dyspareunia is common and may cause considerable distress to women and their sexual partners. It may be caused by structural, infective and inflammatory diseases of the vulva, vagina and internal organs. Learn more.
Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
Many women suffer from frequent UTIs. About 20 percent of young women with a first UTI will have a recurrent infection. With each UTI, the risk that a woman will continue having recurrent UTIs increases. Some women have three or more UTIs a year. However, very few women will have frequent infections throughout their lives. More typically, a woman will have a period of 1 or 2 years with frequent infections, after which recurring infections cease. Learn more.
Blood in the Urine
Hematuria is the presence of blood, specifically red blood cells, in the urine. Whether the blood is visible only under a microscope or visible to the naked eye, hematuria is a sign that something is causing bleeding in the genitourinary tract: the kidneys, the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder (ureters), the prostate gland (in men), the bladder, or the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body (urethra).
Bleeding may happen once or it may be recurrent. It can indicate different problems in men and women. Causes of this condition range from non-life threatening (e.g., urinary tract infection) to serious (e.g., cancer, kidney disease). Learn more.
Interstitial Cystitis / Pelvic Pain
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region.
The symptoms vary from case to case and even in the same individual. People may experience mild discomfort, pressure, tenderness, or intense pain in the bladder and pelvic area. Symptoms may include an urgent need to urinate, a frequent need to urinate, or a combination of these symptoms. Pain may change in intensity as the bladder fills with urine or as it empties.
There are many treatment options available, ranging from medical therapies, to bladder installations, to various nerve stimulations. Learn more.
Vulvodynia / Vaginal Pain
Many women experience constant vaginal/vulvar pain despite having normally appearing genitals.
Because chronic pain can make it hard to work or be active, vulvodynia can disrupt a woman's daily life. Dealing with pain on a long-term basis can cause mental health problems, such as low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression.
There are many different types of treatments available, many of which are coordinated by a team of many doctors, including a urogynecologist. Learn more.
Bowel dysfunction is term that includes many different conditions, however at Advanced Women’s Health we focus on those primarily with either constipation or fecal incontinence.Learn more.