What is Urogynecology?
Female pelvic medicine is a new designation for the established field of urogynecology. An urogynecologist cares for women with pelvic floor disorders in a blend of gynecology and reconstructive surgery.
Pelvic floor disorders – such as prolapse or incontinence – involve the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and nerves in the uterus, vagina, bladder and rectum. Although a primary care physician or general OB/GYN can address certain pelvic floor disorders, a female pelvic medicine specialist has the extra training necessary to administer appropriate treatment and improve a patient’s quality of life.
Female pelvic medicine training
Urogynecologists receive standard OB/GYN training, completing medical school and a four-year obstetrics and gynecology residency. Additional training for the urogynecology specialty involves specific experience in the evaluation and treatment of conditions affecting the female pelvic organs, muscles and connective tissue.
Many urogynecologists have completed formal fellowships (addition training after residency) that focus on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of non-cancerous gynecologic problems.
When to see a female pelvic medicine specialist
Pelvic floor disorders are uncomfortable and can severely affect a woman’s quality of life. Patients experiencing a pelvic floor disorder such as urinary incontinence or uterine prolapse should seek a referral from their primary physician or contact University of Colorado Urogynecology directly for an appointment.
Treatment for pelvic floor disorders ranges from conservative – such as medications, exercises and diet changes – to surgical treatment to correct the problem.
Women’s Pelvic Health & Surgery
Learn more about common pelvic floor disorders, symptoms and treatments from our specialists in Women’s Pelvic Health and Surgery.