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.
There are many ways to treat incontinence, including surgical procedures, medication or exercise.
With proper diagnosis and treatment, women like Elizabeth (pictured above, read her story) can return to a more pleasant, active and independent lifestyle.
» Other Treatments for Urinary Incontinence
» Lifestyle Changes to Manage Urinary and Fecal Incontinence
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 and Causes of Incontinence
Services and Areas of Expertise
- Urinary Incontinence
- Pelvic Floor Prolapse
- Painful Bladder Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Genital Fistulas
- Congenital Reproductive Anomalies
- Neuro Stimulation of the Pelvic Floor
- Rectal Incontinence
- Postpartum Genitourinary Dysfunction
- Pelvic Floor Weakness
Meet the Team
Women & Infants’ Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery was founded in 1988 by David H. Nichols, MD, as a resource to evaluate women with disorders of the pelvic floor. The staff at the Division have continued in Dr. Nichols footsteps by providing consultation, proper diagnosis, and recommendations for treatment and care, offering a broad range of treatment modalities, both surgical and non-surgical. Our physicians are all affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
» Meet the Team
Rhode Island Center for Pelvic Floor Disorders at W&I
Women & Infants is one of just eight medical centers from
across the US, and the only one in the Northeast, to be selected by the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) to participate in the national Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN), working collaboratively to develop and perform research studies related to women with pelvic floor disorders.
network has been created to provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and
therapy for women with pelvic floor disorders. The Network provides a
comprehensive service that includes both clinical care and
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