Urogynecology Specialist in Arcadia, and Glendale, CA
Our urogynecology specialists at The OB-Gyn & Incontinence Center deal with pelvic floor and bladder issues. Call us or book an appointment online today. We have convenient locations to serve you.
Table of Contents:
What is the difference between gynecology and urogynecology?
What conditions does a urogynecologist treat?
How do you know if something is wrong with your bladder?
What to expect at an urogynecology appointment?
Urogynecology is a subspecialty of gynecology that focuses on diseases and disorders of the female urinary system and pelvic anatomy. Urogynecologists are often the first medical professionals to recognize the symptoms of urological abnormalities and are well-versed in the latest treatments and procedures available for these disorders, which is why many patients choose to seek care from urogynecologists instead of primary care physicians. Urogynecologists specialize in women’s pelvic health, including the management of endometriosis, pelvic pain, abnormal Pap smear results, and more. Urogynecologists may also provide services such as incontinence management and pelvic pain management.
Gynecology is the medical specialty that deals with women’s reproductive organs and systems, as well as women’s sexual health. This means that gynecologists are the foremost professional in female anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Gynecologists specialize in treating women, but many also specialize in treating pelvic floor disorders—this is known as urogynecology. Gynecologists are often the primary physicians women see for health problems, and many urogynecologists work in partnership with them.
The fields of gynecology and urogynecology involve the diagnosis, treatment, and research of women’s reproductive organs and systems. They are often lumped together as “female urology,” but there are important differences between the two specialties. Gynecologists focus on women’s health and care throughout their lifetimes, from puberty to menopause. They diagnose and treat various conditions of the female reproductive system, as well as other conditions that affect women’s health. Urogynecologists, on the other hand, treat disorders of the urinary tract, and also recognize the importance of the female pelvic organs in overall health. They also have a responsibility to educate their patients about the intimate function of these organs.
Urogynecologists are multitalented medical professionals that can treat a wide range of conditions, including:
• Urinary Incontinence — Urinary incontinence occurs when sudden pressure is placed on the abdomen or bladder and urine leaks, including when coughing, laughing, or sneezing.
• Overactive Bladder — An overactive bladder is a condition characterized by spasms of the bladder that cause a sudden and urgent need to urinate, which is often followed by urine leakage.
• Bowel Control Disorders — These include any condition that affects the ability to control bowel function, including constipation, bowel leakage, or fecal incontinence.
• Pelvic Floor Dysfunction — Pelvic floor dysfunction is characterized by the inability to control the muscles on the floor of the pelvis, which may lead to urine leakage.
• Pelvic Organ Prolapse — Prolapsed organs are organs that have become displaced from their original position; when this occurs in the pelvic region, they often press against or push through the vaginal opening.
• Fistulas — A fistula is an abnormal connection or corridor that develops between two hollow or tubular organs and can cause a range of problems. Fistulas can occur in the pelvic region in females and may affect the vagina, uterus, or cervix.
There are many signs and symptoms that indicate something is wrong with the bladder; these include:
• Urine leakage or incontinence
• Painful or burning urination
• Frequency and urgency to use the bathroom
• Feeling the need to ‘force out’ urine
• Multiple stops and starts of urine flow
• Lower back pain with no other cause
Urogynecology appointments typically involve the following parts:
• Discussion About Medical History
• An Open Conversation About Symptoms
• A Physical Exam
• A Treatment Plan and/or Further Testing
The kind and compassionate women’s health specialists at The OB-Gyn and Incontinence Center are dedicated to providing you with all of your urogynecology needs. For more information, call or book an appointment online with our urogynecologist specialist, or visit our clinic. We have convenient locations to serve you. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Arcadia CA, West Covina CA, Glendale CA, Whittier CA, Pasadena CA, Alhambra CA, and Baldwin Park CA.