Uncontrollable bladder pain (during urination, bowel movements or intercourse), muscle spasms, urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are all common problems women face as they get older.
Common, but not normal
“Pelvic floor disorders become more prevalent with age and loss of estrogen. Women think of them as inevitable problems,” said Michael Feloney, MD, CHI Health Urologist/Urogynecologist. “While these issues can be embarrassing to talk about, I promise your provider wants to hear about them and can help you.”
At CHI Health, the Pelvic Health Center has a multidisciplinary team of specialists that includes:
“This unique model of care is crucial to treating patients holistically,” Dr. Feloney said. “Pelvic floor disorders are multifaceted and can be emotional, and they often require a combination of treatments. We can start with topicals, different therapies, injections, medications and lifestyle changes. There are surgical solutions, but it’s not the only fix.”
The most important thing, Dr. Feloney said, is not to suffer in silence.
“These are quality of life issues and they can be managed or even reversed. Just because our grandmas wore adult diapers, doesn’t mean women today have to. Be honest with your providers about what’s working, and what isn’t.”