Caring for women with bladder & bowel control problems
Urogynecology is the field of medicine that specializes in treating Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Disorders like Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Pelvic Pain. Dr. Elizabeth Chase is the first physician in Dover, New Hampshire to achieve board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
While many women suffer from issues with urinary leakage and other bladder control issues, only about 50% seek medical care. An even smaller percentage of women experiencing pelvic support issues or accidental bowel leakage actually talk to their health care providers to correct these common health issues.
The myth is that these conditions are to be tolerated as normal parts of aging. Many women can be cured of bladder control problems with very simple lifestyle adjustments, physical therapy, medications, and non-surgical treatments.
When surgery is indicated, there are effective treatments available that can allow a rapid return to normal activity.
The good news about pelvic support issues is that surgery has become much more successful in the past 25 years. Success rates are generally in the 90-95% range. The important first step is to seek care with a physician who has specialized training in women’s pelvic medicine.