How much do you know about pelvic health? The answer may depend on whether you’ve ever had to contend with a pelvic health problem or if you are a regular reader of publications focused on women’s health and wellness issues.
If you’re fortunate to have never experienced pelvic health problems yourself, then you may know only surface information about this group of common medical conditions. However, learning more may be your best defense in preventing or conquering pelvic health problems if they do arise. Here are some key facts to get you started.
Quick Facts About Potential Problems with Your Pelvic Health
-Pelvic problems come in a variety of forms.
-Overactive bladder disease, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse are considered to be pelvic problems since they relate to organs in the pelvic region.
-Pelvic floor disorders are very common. For instance, women are more likely to develop overactive bladder disorder than high blood pressure and approximately 25% of all women will experience pelvic organ prolapse at some time in their life.
-Despite being so common, pelvic health problems are very treatable.
Learn More to Get Better
If you find yourself a bit bewildered by medical jargon and doctor lingo, rest assured that you can learn more about pelvic health – all you need is the right assistance!
At Zipper Urogynecology, we know that you’re not a urogynecological expert. Many of our patients wonder what a urogynecologist even is! Put simply a urogynecologist is a specialized branch of gynecology. After earning the education and credentials to become a gynecologist, a urogynecologist furthers their education focusing on female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Zipper and Dr. Radars are both nationally-recognized urogynecologists – but they know that you aren’t! So you can expect to receive information on your condition, care, and prognosis in simple, easy-to-understand language that is delivered in a compassionate manner.
If you’re a visual learner, you may also find it beneficial to watch a series of short videos featuring Dr. Zipper explaining various pelvic health conditions and their most common treatment options and outcomes. Sometimes all you need is a little explanation to put a problem in focus!
Why Is Understanding Pelvic Health Problems So Important?
If you’ve ever tried to solve an algebra problem without understanding the principles behind this area of math, then you might have been left with a jumble of x’s and y’s! We don’t want you to be left with a jumble of questions regarding your pelvic health.
Learning more about pelvic health problems is key in three ways:
- It can help you to be more aware of pelvic health problems and prevent them altogether or recognize them early.
- Having an understanding of your condition and treatments can help you make better-informed treatment choices that make your road to recovery smoother.
- You can help spread awareness. Since pelvic health problems are so widespread, you can be a force for good in helping your mother, sister, friends, and others understand the potential for pelvic health problems and the methods of treatment.
One study focused on health literacy found that women with pelvic organ prolapse were less likely to understand their condition, as compared to women with urinary incontinence. The study also noted that the older the woman was, the less likely she was to understand the specifics of pelvic floor disorders.
This study wasn’t conducted at Zipper Urogynecology! At our urogyn centers in Melbourne, Florida and Vero Beach, Florida our aim is to help our patients become their own health advocate. Understanding a condition, what the course of treatment involves, and the projected prognosis are the best tools a woman can have towards overcoming pelvic health problems. As the saying goes, knowledge is power!
So learn more about pelvic health problems to keep these conditions from impacting your life or that of a loved one. If urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, or any other urogynecolgy condition arises – give our urogyn center a call and schedule an appointment. You can reach our team at 321-674-2114. We’ll be happy to help you gain the knowledge you need regarding pelvic health problems!