Half of all women have never talked to their doctor about care, management or treatment of pelvic health conditions. Community Health Network is your solution for complete care of the half you’ve been avoiding.
Embarrassing “accidents,” irregular periods and uncomfortable intercourse are just some of the pelvic health perils women of all ages can experience.
What is pelvic health?
Pelvic health includes the female reproductive system, the pelvis and the pelvic floor. The female reproductive system includes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix and vagina. The pelvic floor is a term used to describe the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue that provide support for the bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum.
The pelvis protects the reproductive, urinary, and digestive systems and is comprised of hip bones in front and sacrum and coccyx in back.
Keep your perimenopause in balance
Perimenopause, literally meaning “around menopause,” is a transition phase into menopause. During perimenopause, some subtle, and some not-so-subtle changes in your body may occur. You might experience irregular menstruation, hot flashes, sleep problems, vaginal dryness, mood swings, irritability or increased risk of depression. Because symptoms can be subtle and may come on gradually, you may not realize that they are connected.
Fibroids: See your doctor and be patient
Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths in the muscle of the uterus. More than 75% of women can be found to have small fibroids but, only approximately 30% have fibroids large enough to be discovered during a regular pelvic examination. Of these cases, about 80% will have no symptoms and require no treatment — just watchful waiting. Common symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual periods and pelvic pressure or pain. The exact cause of fibroids is unknown.
Factors that can increase your risk of fibroids include being aged 25-35, obesity, family medical history of fibroids, and being African American. Medications can be prescribed and procedural and surgical options are available to shrink and remove fibroids.
Urinary incontinence: Get some consistency back in your life!
Urinary incontinence affects millions of Americans. Approximately 80% of those suffering from urinary incontinence can be cured or at least have their symptoms improved. Treatments can include medications to calm the bladder, which can be prescribed by your doctor, and urethral inserts and pessaries, which are small devices that are inserted to prevent urine from leaking out. There are many different surgical options that can be investigated. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options as well as at-home solutions you can pair with your treatment. Learn more >>
Gather your momentum and increase your sexual response!
Increasing your sexual response is possible! Sexual dysfunction is broadly defined as the inability to fully enjoy sexual intercourse — this includes pain during sex. Health problems that may be interfering with your sex life include vaginal tissues losing lubrication and elasticity due to diminished levels of estrogen, which can make intercourse painful. Loss of tissue tone may contribute to urinary incontinence. Low estrogen levels may also leave you more vulnerable to urinary or vaginal infections. Help is available — you are never too old to enjoy a full sexual life. Partner with your doctor and discover how you can gather your momentum in the bedroom!
Be positive about your body
Is vaginal reconstruction or rejuvenation right for you? There are traditional procedures available to treat vaginal conditions, including prolapse and treatment for labial hypertrophy or asymmetrical labial growth due to congenital conditions, chronic irritation, or excessive androgenic (male) hormones. The appearance of the external genitals varies significantly between women and are not meant to look one “certain way.” If you are concerned about the appearance of your vagina or that your vaginal muscles may be weak, consult your doctor, who can help you determine which treatments are right for you. Remember to stay positive about all parts of your body–every woman is unique!