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One in three women has a secret

One in three women suffers from a pelvic floor disorder, which may include incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. For those whose conditions go untreated, the symptoms can be embarrassing, adding unpleasant challenges to everyday life. But there’s no need to suffer in silence anymore.

The good news about urogynecological issues in women older than 50 is that most are very treatable, says Amy Park, MD, a urogynecologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

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Amy Park, MD

“So many women feel uncomfortable discussing common issues, such as leaking urine and vaginal bulge, where the vagina can prolapse, which can result from aging and damage from childbirth injury,” she says. “But often, we can help them dramatically improve their quality of life. Treatment of the incontinence and prolapse enables them to regain their confidence, engage in social activities and exercise comfortably again.”

Options for treating common conditions include making dietary changes, such as reducing caffeine intake (excessive caffeine can be a bladder irritant), using low-dose estrogen creams for vaginal dryness and considering minimally invasive surgical procedures to correct stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
Maintaining core strength is another important factor in urogynecological health, so Dr. Park recommends exercises like yoga, pilates or planks, which target the core muscles.
Think you may have a pelvic floor disorder? Some common symptoms include:

• Painful urination
• Urgent need to urinate
• Constipation
• Pressure or weighted feeling in the vagina and/or pelvis

For more information about pelvic floor disorders and treatments, click here or call 855-546-1056