Lakeview Health System
Pelvic Health (Urogynecology)

It’s embarrassing when you cough or sneeze and you leak a little. And it’s not always easy to talk about. But the reality is that pelvic floor issues are much more common than you think – especially in women. There’s good news, though. Most pelvic floor issues can be treated.


Team approach to care
Although these conditions are not life-threatening, they can have a devastating effect on quality of life. Our team approach to patient care, along with careful and concise diagnosis, guides our evidence-based practice and treatment program to achieve the best possible outcomes.

If you are having issues with bladder, bowel, pelvic pressure or pain, please seek care. We are here to help! Call (651) 439-1234 to schedule your appointment.

 

Pelvic Health - Don't Suffer in Silence


Our pelvic health coordinator discusses the need to talk about and treat pelvic health issues, instead of ignoring them. 

Read this article by Cindy Land, RN, BCB-PMD, Pelvic Health Program Coordinator

Incontinence is a loss of bladder control. It can happen to both men and women, but it’s twice as common for women. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 women will experience urinary incontinence.

Incontinence is more common in women because of pregnancy and menopause. During pregnancy, the weight of a baby can weaken the bladder and pelvic floor muscles. And labor and delivery can weaken them more. These muscles usually heal, but that’s not always the case. During and after menopause, estrogen levels decrease and urethral tissue can also weaken.

There are two kinds of urinary incontinence:

  • Stress incontinence. This is the most common kind. Leakage happens when you cough, sneeze, exercise, laugh, lift or do other movements that put pressure on your bladder.
  • Urge incontinence. This is sometimes called an “overactive bladder.” It can happen when you don’t expect it, like when you’re sleeping, after drinking water or when you hear running water.

Many women have both kinds of incontinence. This is called mixed incontinence.

 

Are there other pelvic floor issues?

Yes, other pelvic floor issues our urogynecologists treat include:

  • Pelvic organ prolapse. This happens when weakened pelvic floor muscles no longer support the bladder, uterus or rectum. These organs then sink into the vagina, creating a bulging or sagging sensation. Some women may even see tissue coming out of their vagina. Prolapse can cause discomfort or incontinence. It can also make it hard to empty your bladder or bowels. And it often interferes with sexual enjoyment or even sitting comfortably.
  • Fecal incontinence. Fecal incontinence is the accidental leakage of stool. It’s more common in women and older adults.