MedStar Health provides comprehensive care for women with pelvic floor disorders—conditions that affect any of the pelvic organs. These include:
- Abnormal Pelvic Bleeding can refer to either bleeding other than a menstrual period, or an unusually heavy period. Menorrhagia is the term used to describe uterine bleeding in between menstrual periods. Menometrorrhagia is both heavy menstrual bleeding and bleeding at abnormal times. Our multidisciplinary team looks at all the possible causes of pelvic pain and bleeding in order to make an accurate diagnosis and tailor a treatment plan for you.
- Urinary Incontinence is the loss of bladder control. The condition ranges in severity. For some people, it means leaking urine when sneezing or laughing; for others, the urge to urinate is so strong and sudden they often do not make it to the bathroom in time. Incontinence is an uncomfortable and often embarrassing problem. Often, people suffering from this condition do not report the problem to their doctor, or wait years to do so. However, at MedStar Health hospitals, we successfully treat patients for this condition every day. Learn more about urinary incontinence.
- Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL), also known as Fecal Incontinence (FI), affects tens of millions of people in the United States each year. ABL is the unintentional loss of liquid or solid stool not associated with temporary sickness. Common symptoms associated with ABL include the intense urge to rush to the bathroom, accidents without warning, frequent bowel movements, and constipation and/or loose stool. Unfortunately, studies show that less than 50% of people speak up about their symptoms. If you are experiencing loss of bowel control, please call for a consultation to discuss your treatment options.
- Pelvic Prolapse occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the pelvic organs weaken. This causes the pelvic organs, including the bladder, rectum, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, to slip out of place. The organs then push against your vaginal walls, causing discomfort or pain. Pelvic prolapse often worsens over time and may require surgery to correct the problem. Pelvic prolapsed can develop following childbirth, a hysterectomy or during menopause. Regardless of how or when your condition started, our physicians can treat you and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.
- Fibroids, also known as uterine fibroids, are common benign tumors that develop in the uterus. Fibroids cause excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and frequent urination. Though they are benign, they can cause discomfort and pain. The treatment depends on your age, the location of the fibroid and how rapidly it is growing. Our physicians are experts in diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids. Learn more about fibroid treatment.
- Ovarian Cysts are small, fluid-filled sacs that develop in the ovaries. They are most likely to develop during a childbearing years. Cysts are typically benign and rarely indicate the presence of another disease. They can sometimes disappear on their own but they can also rupture, cause bleeding or be very painful. In more serious cases, surgery may be necessary.
- Endometriosis is the condition where tissue similar to the tissue in the uterus is found elsewhere in the body, usually in the pelvic region. During menstruation, when endometrial cells are shed, they may attach themselves outside the uterus and grow abnormally. Endometriosis can cause significant pelvic pain. Laparoscopic surgery can be performed to remove the growths; in severe cases, a hysterectomy may be necessary.
Learn more about urogynecologic treatments we offer.