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Pelvic Floor Disorders

Elizabeth's Story

Elizabeth Torres suffered for years with incontinence until she got help from Women & Infants. Read her story.

Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

If you are incontinent, you are not alone. Many women face personal health problems that impair their quality of life. Most of these conditions are unique to women such as urinary incontinence and genital prolapse.

Approximately 10 million women in the US suffer from incontinence – about one in four between the ages of 30 and 59. Many women are too embarrassed to talk about it so they are unaware that help is available for these uncomfortable and frequently debilitating conditions.

What Causes Incontinence?

There are a wide variety of reasons why women become incontinent. It could be the result of pelvic muscle damage from pregnancy, infections, spinal injury, drug side effects, or the result of other conditions such as obesity or diabetes. Frequently there is a common family inherited predisposition to pelvic support weakness, leading to bulging pelvic discomfort, and urinary incontinence.

Symptoms of Incontinence

Stress incontinence is caused by minor stress on the stomach muscles from sneezing, jogging, laughing, lifting heavy objects, or jumping up and down. The muscles and tissues responsible for supporting the bladder have somehow been weakened. 

Urge incontinence is a sudden and strong need to urinate that doesn't always give you time to get to a bathroom. This is a common type of incontinence in people who are over age 60.

For more information, call the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at (401) 453-7560 .