Certain health concerns in a woman’s life can be difficult to discuss with others — even with her physician. These concerns include urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain and other related health issues. In addition to causing discomfort, inconvenience and sometimes pain, these health problems often cause embarrassment.
Some women choose to live with these problems rather than seek help. It’s important to know these issues are common and, in most cases, very treatable.
- Incontinence — About 30 percent of American women suffer from urinary incontinence at some point in their lives, and women are twice as likely as men to develop urinary incontinence. Fecal incontinence — the inability to control bowel movements — occurs in 5 percent of women. Incontinence can cause unnecessary stress, embarrassment and social isolation. There are many ways to treat or manage incontinence, including medication, physical therapy, behavior modification, surgical options and special exercises.
- Prolapse — It’s believed that a third of all women or more experience pelvic organ prolapse, which can affect a woman’s quality of life. Many surgical and non-surgical treatments are available today to treat this and other pelvic floor disorders.
Personalized, Comprehensive Care
When seeking treatment for a pelvic floor disorder, it’s important to receive care from physicians who are specially trained in diagnosing and treating these problems. The Women’s Incontinence and Sexual Health Program brings together doctors and rehabilitation specialists with expertise in treating incontinence, organ prolapse and pelvic pain. The program is unique in Wisconsin in the size and expertise of its staff and in the scope of services offered.
The program is based on feedback from women who told us the types of services they want. All services are provided with patient privacy in mind, including a discreet clinic entrance, a separate waiting room and a bathroom in each exam room.
The Women’s Incontinence and Sexual Health Program team dedicates its practice to women with urologic health issues — with a goal of having a positive outcome for each woman.
All team members — urogynecologists and urologists who focus on women’s urologic conditions, as well as obstetrician/gynecologists, a physician assistant, registered nurses, a physical therapist and a nurse practitioner — are highly experienced and work together to provide optimal treatment. The program coordinator, a registered nurse, oversees all patient referrals and inquiries and is dedicated to talking to you, evaluating your problem and coordinating care with the program team.
Program physicians will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the causes of problems, and personal, comprehensive care plan based on each woman’s unique needs. If desired, care will be coordinated with the woman’s primary care or referring physician.
Because some women experience more than one health concern, team physicians may refer women to other physicians within the program or in complementary programs to ensure all health concerns are addressed.
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