Overview

The Pelvic Care & Incontinence Center

The Pelvic Care & Incontinence Center

Many problems in your bladder and pelvis—also called urogynecology problems—can negatively affect your health and quality of life. Common bladder and pelvis health issues in women include the following:

  • Urinary leakage and voiding
  • Bladder infections
  • Prolapse of the pelvic organs
  • Lower bowel dysfunction
  • Urethral strictures

Sometimes young women with neurologic problems and difficult childbirth may have these bladder and pelvic health symptoms as well.

The Pelvic Care and Incontinence Center brings together the collaborative expertise of specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, urogynecology, urology, general surgery, and gastroenterology to work together on bladder and pelvic issues (also called the pelvic floor).

Facts About Bladder & Pelvic Conditions

Bladder and pelvic conditions can lead to a number of problems that we are familiar with, even if we don’t know what treatment options are available. Here are some facts about these conditions:

  • When the tissue that supports the pelvic organs is stretched or damaged, the organ (bladder, uterus, rectum, intestine) can press against the wall of your vagina. This can cause a bulge.
  • Pelvic organ prolapse occurs in 15 to 30 percent of women. Childbearing and obesity increase your chances of pelvic organ prolapse.
  • Urinary incontinence affects 18 million women. Your chance of urinary incontinence increases with age.
  • Bowel incontinence is closely associated with urinary loss.

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Treatment

There are a variety of treatment options for urinary incontinence and organ prolapse available at our center. These may include the following:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Minimally invasive procedures, such as
    • Pessaries or
    • Botox injections
  • More complex surgical procedures
At University of Utah Health’s Pelvic and Incontinence Care Center, we will give you the best available treatment. Our team of caregivers will focus on customized treatment solutions that match your needs.