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What Is a Urogynecologist?

Urogynecologists receive all the training of gynecologists, as well as additional training on the female pelvic floor and related conditions like urinary incontinence.

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles at the base of your torso and around your pelvis, which help support your organs in that area. When performing certain bodily functions—like urinating, defecating, intercourse, and even lifting—your pelvic floor is very involved. When weakened, the pelvic floor can cause pain and issues with daily bodily functions.

What Conditions Can Urogynecologists Treat?

Urogynecologists can identify and treat many pelvic floor issues, including:

  • Overactive bladder syndrome
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) when an organ from the pelvis slips out of place
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Painful Bladder Syndrome and pelvic pain
  • Pain with Intercourse
  • Genitourinary or rectal fistula, an abnormal connection between two organs in your pelvic region

If you’re unsure of what the cause of your pelvic pain or incontinence may be, your provider can help. Discussing these issues can be uncomfortable, but we are here to provide a judgment-free and compassionate space for you to get the healthcare you need.

What Treatments Can a Urogynecologist Provide?

The goal of treatment is to help improve your quality of life and reduce any pain you’re experiencing. Your provider will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits into your lifestyle. One treatment option may do the trick, or you may use several treatment methods.

Common treatment options include:

  • Behavior and lifestyle changes
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Pessary Device
  • Surgery

Lifestyle changes recommended by your urogynecologist can help improve some of the symptoms of pelvic floor disorders, like urinary incontinence. This may include adjusting your fluid intake or wearing a pessary, a device that goes into your vagina and supports the organs protected by your pelvic floor.

Pelvic floor physical therapy is available to strengthen and stretch your pelvic floor muscles. Kegels are one example of common pelvic floor therapy exercises. Medications are also available to help you manage additional pain or urinary incontinence.

Can Urogynecologists Perform Surgery?

Some urogynecologists do perform surgery if that is the path you and your provider decide for treatment. Some surgical options can help with urinary incontinence, while others may reduce nerve pain.

Your provider will recommend the best option for you based on your medical history and health needs.

Contact Your Provider to Schedule an Appointment With a Urogynecologist

If you’re experiencing pelvic floor pain or discomfort, reach out to your provider at UWH of Michigan. Our team is available to discuss your symptoms and refer you to a urogynecologist if needed.   Contact us to schedule an appointment today.