Urogynecology is the area of women’s health focused on issues of the bladder, pelvic muscles, and rectum. Problems of bladder control and prolapse affect many women and for many different reasons. These include pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and overactive bladder. Prolapse and incontinence can be both bothersome and embarrassing. It’s important to talk to your gynecologist about any symptoms that disrupt your daily life.
Various factors can impact your risk of prolapse or incontinence. Increasing age and number of vaginal deliveries can increase this risk. Genetics play a crucial role in how likely you are to develop prolapse or incontinence. Certain medical problems can also increase your risk. Certain changes to health habits, like smoking cessation and weight loss, can decrease this risk.
At the first visit, we will get a complete history and perform a focused physical examination. We will want to know several things about your fluid intake and bathroom habits. These include how many caffeinated beverages and how much water you drink a day. It will be important for us to know when and how often you use the bathroom. Tracking this information can help us start giving you back power over your episodes. Besides limiting your caffeine and water intake, your gynecologist may have other suggestions. Kegel exercises, physical therapy, and scheduled bathroom breaks can help with bladder control.
Finally, your symptoms may need more than conservative management. To help improve your quality of life, we will refer you to a urogynecologist. She can discuss with you other treatment options, including medical and surgical.
The best way to get started in treating your symptoms and making sure you’re comfortable in your body is through an appointment with our expert team. To schedule an appointment, contact our New York City office by calling or filling out our online form.