Prevention and wellness
For women's incontinence, pelvic pain
Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) happen when the muscles and connective tissues of the pelvic area are injured or weak. PFDs are more common in older women and can cause pelvic organ prolapse and fecal incontinence.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, younger women who have been through childbirth may experience issues with incontinence or repeated urinary tract infections.
Do you leak when you sneeze, laugh or exercise? This condition, called stress incontinence, can be caused by childbirth, heavy exercise or other factors that weaken the pelvic floor muscles holding the bladder, uterus and other pelvic organs in place. Urinary incontinence is not a natural part of aging and can often be successfully treated through physical therapy.
For more persistent cases of incontinence, Legacy Medical Group–Urogynecology and Legacy Meridian Park Pelvic Floor Program offer thorough evaluation and both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.
If you are concerned about bladder control, call for an evaluation: 503-305-4723.
Interstitial cystitis (bladder pain syndrome)
Other common causes of pelvic pain are fibroids, cysts or endometriosis, which can also result in heavy or irregular bleeding. If you are suffering from these symptoms, consult your doctor about treatment options.
Prenatal and post-partum conditions
Recurring urinary tract infections
A urinary tract infection (UTI) limited to the bladder can be painful and annoying, but when treated promptly and properly it rarely leads to complications. However, if left untreated a UTI can lead to kidney damage. Also, women who experience three or more urinary tract infections are likely to continue experiencing them.
If you have recurring UTIs, it may be time to consult a urogynecologist or urologist to determine if urologic abnormalities are causing the infections.