Female Urology Q & A
What is female urology?
Female urology focuses on urological conditions that affect only women. Women have a unique anatomical makeup of the reproductive and urinary tract system that makes them prone to certain conditions, including infections, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction disorders.
Which conditions do urologists treat in women?
Dr. Michel and the team treat a variety of urologic conditions at Comprehensive Urology, including:
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine or bladder control that is typically a symptom of an underlying problem.
Sexual dysfunction is a complex problem that doesn’t always stem from a physical condition. Many women experience sexual dysfunction, particularly loss of libido, response, or orgasm, during times of stress. In many cases, however, sexual dysfunction occurs to hormonal changes, pain disorders, or lack of vaginal lubrication.
Vaginal dryness, or a loss of lubrication in the vagina, can lead to a variety of complications, including an increased risk of bacterial and yeast infections as well as pain and discomfort during sex.
Pelvic floor prolapse
Pelvic floor prolapse happens when the muscles and ligaments surrounding your vagina and reproductive organs begin to weaken or even break. If this occurs, your bladder, uterus, rectum, or urethra can fall out of place. In some cases, these organs can also protrude through the vagina.
How do urologists treat urologic conditions in women?
Dr. Michel and the team at Comprehensive Urology have the most advanced diagnostic technology and state-of-the-art treatments at their office, including:
InterStim therapy is a small electronic device that stimulates the sacral nerves in the lower back to control bladder function. This helps eliminate the urgent need to urinate and improves communication between the bladder and the brain.
If overactive bladder muscles are causing your urinary incontinence, the team can inject Botox directly into these muscles to regain control of your bladder.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)
An imbalance in the female hormone estrogen can lead to sexual dysfunction by causing vaginal dryness and low libido. BHRT replaces your lost hormones to help improve these uncomfortable symptoms.
Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS)
PTNS uses mild electrical pulses to stimulate the nerves from the sacral plexus to the tibial nerve, which are responsible for bladder and pelvic floor muscle control.
Reconstructive pelvic surgery
Pelvic organ prolapse is a serious condition that tends to worsen over time. To repair the damage, Dr. Michel and the team recommend reconstructive pelvic surgery. They can perform this procedure in one of two ways: through the vagina or small incision in the abdomen with a minimally invasive technique using the daVinci® robotic system.
If you’re struggling with an uncomfortable urologic condition, the team at Comprehensive Urology can help. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more.