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Dear Women, Urology Isn’t Just For Men

Published: May 16, 2018

If you’re a woman, it’s likely that your father, husband, or brother has a relationship with a urologist. But it’s also likely that you’ve never considered visiting a urologist yourself. Many women dismiss the thought of going to a urologist because they think it’s primarily for men. We’ve got some news for you… women benefit from seeing a urologist just as much as men do!

What is a urologist?

Urologists are doctors that specialize in the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, ureter, urethra and adrenal glands. Considering that women have urinary systems just like men do, developing a relationship with a urologist can do wonders for your health.

What is a urogynecologist?

The doctors in our Women’s Health group are highly trained urogynecologists. That means they studied urology or gynecology and then continued their education for three more years specifically in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). This highly specialized training is beyond what a regular OBGyn would have learned in their training. Our FPMRS specialists are certified in this field and have extensive experience with patients, who suffer from issues related to the pelvic floor and urinary tract, including:

  • Urinary incontinence – Any leakage of urine. It commonly occurs when you’re laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercising.
  • Pelvic organ prolapse – A shifting of pelvic organs that occurs due to a weakened pelvic floor.
  • Overactive bladder – An increased need to empty the bladder, often accompanied by a heightened feeling of urgency.
  • UTIs – Recurrent urinary tract infections are often accompanied by a burning sensation and a persistent urge to urinate.
  • Fecal incontinence – Any leakage of stool may be combatted with medications and physical therapy.

Many women think that pelvic floor or urinary issues are a normal part of aging and they try to handle the symptoms on their own. A urogynecologist can help you understand the symptoms you may be experiencing, and offer recommendations for medicines, physical therapy, or procedures that can vastly improve your quality of life.