The Pelvic Care & Incontinence Center: Urogynecology Specialists

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:

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.
  • 15 to 30 percent of women have pelvic prolapse. 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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Treating Urinary Incontinence & Pelvic Prolapse

We offer a variety of treatment options for urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse.

Treatments 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.

Also, find fantastic information about these conditions and treatments here at Voices for PFD (pelvic floor disorders).

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What Is Prolapse? What Does It Feel Like?

If you’re over 45 and like millions of other women, you may be suffering from pelvic prolapse. Pelvic prolapse is when the organs inside your pelvis (your bladder, vagina, uterus, cervix, & rectum) drop or fall—sitting lower than where they should.

Urge Incontinence Vs. Stress Incontinence

If your overactive bladder is getting in the way of your life, it can be helpful to know that there are different types of incontinence. 

What Is a Pelvic Ultrasound?

A pelvic ultrasound is a test doctors use to see the organs inside your pelvis and make sure your reproductive organs are healthy. Getting a pelvic ultrasound can help you and your doctor rule out serious conditions that cause pelvic problems.

When Should You See a Urogynecologist

Do you have trouble with an overactive bladder, feel pressure in your pelvis, or feel like your vagina, bladder, uterus, or rectum has dropped, causing a bulge or pressure? You do not have to suffer through these symptoms. They are treatable symptoms.

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Postpartum Pelvic Floor Complications

As a mother-to-be or a new mom, there’s a lot you are juggling – life with a new baby, lack of sleep, breastfeeding, and adapting to other changes to your body. Our new clinic for postpartum (after childbirth) pelvic floor problems at University of Utah Health is specifically designed to address pelvic floor issues that may occur before or after childbirth.