For appointments, call (314) 747-1402.
Washington University Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery specialists (also known as urogynecologists) treat women with pelvic floor problems. The pelvic floor consists of the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and nerves that help support and control the rectum, uterus, vagina, and bladder. The pelvic floor can be damaged by childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease or surgery. Treatment may include lifestyle changes, weight loss, physical therapy, medication, conservative and surgical options.
Services include the treatment of:
- Bladder control problems: Inability to hold urine, frequent urination and urine leakage caused by increased abdominal pressure
- Bowel control problems: Loss of normal control of the bowels that leads to leakage of solid or liquid stool or gas
- Pelvic organ prolapse: Descent of the bladder, uterus and rectum caused by the loss of normal support of the vagina; women may feel bulging tissue protruding through the opening of the vagina
For more information, visit the Washington University bladder and pelvic health web site.