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AHN Center for Women’s Pelvic Health

Pelvic floor disorders affect as many as 30 to 50 percent of all women in their lifetime. Yet, many women are too embarrassed to seek help for health conditions involving the pelvic floor (urinary incontinence or bladder control, or bowel control problems) thinking that nothing can be done to help.

The fact is, many treatments are available and effective. At the AHN Center for Women’s Pelvic Health, we specialize in treating these common, yet sensitive conditions, to ensure your return to better pelvic health and an improved quality of life.

Here's another fact: pelvic floor disorders are not a normal part of aging and do not always require surgery to fix. 

What are Pelvic Floor Disorders?

Pelvic Floor Disorder (PFDs) can happen when women have weakened pelvic muscles or tears in the connective tissue of the pelvic floor, which may cause bladder control problems, bowel control problems or pelvic organ prolapse.

The AHN Center for Women’s Pelvic Health provides comprehensive, compassionate and expert care for a broad spectrum of conditions affecting the health and functionality of the pelvic floor and its organs, providing advanced diagnostics, physical rehabilitation, and corrective surgery for the following conditions:

  • Vaginal stenosis or non-functional vagina (Narrowing of vaginal diameter and length requiring corrective surgery)
  • Mesh erosion, eroded slings, surgical complications
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Urinary frequency and urgency
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Rectal fullness or prolapse
  • Vaginal prolapse
  • Developmental variations requiring corrective surgery
  • Female sexual issues
  • Pelvic pain (endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, chronic pain syndromes)
  • Pudendal neuropathy

 

Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Disorders

The symptoms for PFDs generally begin gradually, and progress with time. Symptoms may vary among women, but can include:

  • Feeling that you need to have several bowel movements during a short period of time
  • Feeling that you cannot complete a bowel movement
  • Constipation or straining pain with bowel movements
  • A frequent need to urinate (when you do go, you may stop and start many times)
  • Painful urination
  • Pain in your lower back that cannot be explained by other causes
  • Ongoing pain in your pelvic region, genitals, or rectum
  • Pain for women during intercourse
  • Ongoing urinary leakage when you cough, sneeze, or laugh

 

Diagnosing a Pelvic Floor Disorder

A general practitioner can help you decide if you should see a specialist to treat a pelvic floor disorder. A urogynecologist is a physician with a background in gynecology or urology who has received two to three years of specialized training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) to evaluate and treat women with pelvic floor disorders.

Our Physicians

Spyros Marinis, MD
AHN Center for Women’s Pelvic Health
Offices in Bethel Park
412.854.7145

Judith L. Balk, MD
Marcia Klein-Patel, MD
Beth Prairie, MD
Midlife Women's Associates
Offices in Bethel Park, Mars, McMurray and West Penn Hospital
412.854.7140

Allan S. Klapper, MD

AHN Network Chair, Department of OB/GYN

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Offices at West Penn Hospital, Natrona Heights and Wexford Health & Wellness Pavilion

412.578.5534

Michael J. Pelekanos, MD

2580 Haymaker Road

Professional Building II, Suite 201

412.856.7500

Lindsay Turner, MD
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Offices at West Penn and Jefferson Hospitals, Wexford Health & Wellness Pavilion, and Sewickley

 

412.578.1116

For Additional Online Reading:

American Urogynecologic Society – augs.org
Voices for PFD - voicesforpfd.org