A urologist is someone who specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of the urinary system while a gynecologist is someone who specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of the female reproductive system; combine them both and you get a urogynecologist. In simple terms, a urogynecologist can be called both a urologist and an OBGYN who specializes in the pelvic and urology problems of women. Here are some other fast facts about urogynecologists that you need to know.
The area of Obstetrics and Gynecology is something that these urogynecologists have expert knowledge. Furthermore, they have finished additional training that helps them deal with conditions that affect the pelvic organs of the female body along with the connective tissues and muscles that support such organs. Having this training allows them to deal with the non-surgical and surgical treatment of gynecologic problems that are non-cancerous in nature that are a result of aging, menopause, or childbirth. Urogynecologists have been found to treat conditions that affect one out of every four women. This number is more than the number of women who suffer from depression, diabetes, and hypertension.
When it comes to these urogynecologists, they commonly deal with pelvic floor disorders with the likes of prolapse of the bladder, uterus, or vagina and fecal or urinary incontinence. If you say prolapse, this is where the female organs will be falling down into the pelvic area of the woman that is a gradual occurrence happening over a time period of several years. When it comes to women suffering from prolapse, they also often suffer from incontinence. Childbirth is often associated with both conditions where the pelvic floor gets damaged. Even if childbirth is most commonly associated with these conditions, there are also other causes leading to such events. For instance, women may suffer from incontinence or prolapse due to obesity, severe constipation, chronic coughing, and heavy lifting on a daily basis.
There are generally three approaches in dealing with these conditions as provided by urogynecologists that include behavioral, surgical, or pharmacological means. Surgical methods are not always the go-to method of urogynecologists as they first do something about the behavior of their patients like changing their diet as well as introducing exercises in their lifestyle. Since most bladder conditions are affected by the consumption of acidic beverages and food, urogynecologists advise patients to go on a strict diet. Once the intervention helps, then the urogynecologist will not be subjecting you to other treatments. Pelvic muscle exercises are another behavioral intervention that most urogynecologists advise women to prevent incontinence.
When failure in any of the changes made to one’s behavior happens, then urogynecologists will now provide pharmacological treatment to their patients by giving them medications. Another option is doing surgery. For women who suffer from certain conditions, urogynecologists will advise them to undergo laparoscopic pelvic surgery or stress and vaginal dryness treatment all depending on their current condition.