Urogynecology is a special field of gynecology that focuses specifically on treating women with pelvic floor problems. Pelvic floor issues are common in women who give birth to a child, are obese, have had previous vaginal surgery, or lift heavy weights on a regular basis. The pelvic floor includes the muscles and other tissues that support a woman’s vagina, bladder, uterus and rectum and helps to hold them securely in place.
Urogynecologists help women regain their ability to exercise, move around without discomfort, prevent urinary incontinence, and improve sexual ability.
Urogynecologists can treat many different problems, including urinary or fecal incontinence, pain in the vagina or pelvis, problems with fully emptying the bladder and bowels, urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis, genital prolapse, transvaginal mesh complications, and overflow incontinence.
One of the major problems that women may suffer from is pelvic organ prolapse. In this disorder, the pelvic organs begin to sag because of a lack of support. This causes an array of symptoms, including pain during sex, being unable to keep a tampon securely in the vagina, and the feeling that something is protruding or coming out of the vagina.
Depending on the problem, many treatments are available. ThermiVa is one way to restore the function and appearance of the vagina. It works by using radiofrequency energy that heats and stimulates tissue, helping to rejuvenate collagen production. FemiLift is another solution for those with any feminine prolapse. It helps to tighten and restore tissue inside the vagina using a CO2 laser.
One treatment that patients can perform on their own is Kegel exercises. These workouts help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which can help to pull up all of the pelvic organs that are sagging.
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