The University of Maryland Continence and Pelvic Health Center (CPHC) provides complete diagnostic evaluation for problems related to the vagina, uterus, bladder, urethra and rectum. The most advanced technologies and a variety of treatments ranging from physical therapy and diet to surgery assure comprehensive and integrated care for these pelvic floor disorders.
The pelvic floor is a combination of muscles, ligaments and connective tissues that support the pelvic organs — the bladder, vagina, uterus, and rectum. The pelvic floor can be weakened by a combination of factors such as childbirth, heavy lifting, the effects of menopause and aging, and other chronic medical and neurologic conditions. Over time, these factors can lead to the development of one or more pelvic floor disorders. Although problems do become more common with advancing age, even young women can be affected.
Pelvic floor conditions can cause a variety of symptoms, such as loss of urine, protrusion of a mass through the vagina (prolapse), difficulty in passing urine or stool, and involuntary loss of stool. One of the most common problems facing women is pelvic floor dysfunction, which affects approximately 50 percent of all women -- the majority of whom do not seek professional help. Many women experience significant changes in daily activities that can negatively impact their quality of life.
Although these conditions can be difficult to talk about, it is important that you speak with your doctor if you are experiencing problems with your bladder, bowel, or pelvic organ prolapse. Since proper diagnosis is critical to successful correction of the problem, choosing a specialist at the Continence and Pelvic Health Center can be the first step in treating your symptoms and improving your quality of life. Our physicians have the training and expertise necessary to provide the most advanced care available for women with problems related to the lower urinary tract or pelvic floor.
A woman should never feel she has to live with bothersome pelvic floor symptoms – the time to seek treatment is when your symptoms are negatively affecting your life and preventing you from doing the activities you enjoy.