Unfortunately, women of all ages and ethnicities experience a wide range of gynecological and urological disorders at some point during their lives, though not all of these women know how or when to seek out care. Instead, they sometimes suffer in silence, unaware that the symptoms they are experiencing are actually part of a treatable condition.
Such conditions often require the specialized expertise of either a urologist or a gynecologist, though in more recent years, these specializations have been combined to form another area of practice called urogynecology, or—as it has most recently been classified—female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Because they are knowledgeable in both areas, a urogynecologist is better able take a more comprehensive approach, looking at symptoms from both angles to see how they might best treat the problem, rather than having to refer the patient to another colleague.
One of the most commonly experienced symptoms of a urogynecological issue is pelvis pain, which is an indicator in a wide rage of conditions such as pelvic floor disorder, endometriosis, fibroid uterus, defecatory dysfunction, mesh complications, and pelvic organ prolapse.
Pelvic floor disorder occurs when the tissues or muscles of the pelvic floor weaken or deteriorate to the extent that they are unable to support the pelvic organs, including the bladder, urethra, bowel, uterus, and rectum. Women suffering from pelvic floor disorder often experience lower abdominal pain, defecatory disfunction, urinary incontinence, or pelvic organ prolapse.
Endometriosis is a commonly experienced condition which occurs when the uterine lining actually grows outside of the uterus. Often times, women with endometriosis experience intense pelvic pain; painful intercourse; heavy bleeding; painful bowel movements or urination; and intense menstrual cramps.
Fibroid uterus refers to a condition in which tumorous growths develop in the uterus, resulting most often in pelvis pain, bleeding, frequent urination, and—in some cases—fertility problems or difficulties during pregnancy and labor.
Many women suffer from at least one form of defecatory dysfunction, which refers to a system of symptoms related to improper bowel function, including constipation; painful bowel movements; or fecal incontinence. In some cases, defecatory dysfunction is an indicator of another urogynecological issue, so being in the care of a urogynecologist is crucial to determining how best to treat the problem.
Pelvic organ prolapse is a serious condition caused by the inability of the pelvic floor muscles to support pelvic organs, which often leads to urinary incontinence—lack of bladder control—and generally requires surgery. Unfortunately, one commonly used method of treatment has been the implantation of surgical mesh to provide physical support of prolapsed organs, which has been shown to result in mesh complications including pelvis pain, deadly infections, and damage to the internal soft tissues and organs.
Fortunately, under the care of a urogynecologist, women suffering from these medical maladies can find relief; and at Coyle Institute, we make providing that relief a reality. Give Dr. Michael Coyle and his team at Coyle Institute a call today!