Female Pelvic And Bladder Health Specialist

Ovation Wellness

Women's Health and Wellness located in Flowood, MS

Ovation Women's Wellness in Flowood, Mississippi can help you with all your female pelvic and bladder health needs. Concerns about mature gynecological health aren't about fertility and reproduction. You need health care providers that can help you understand, adjust to and reduce the symptoms that can come with aging including bladder and bowel control problems, vaginal support loss, bladder pain and cystitis. Call Ovation Women's Wellness and feel your best.

Female Pelvic and Bladder Health

What can Ovation Women’s Wellness do about bladder health?

You may not talk a lot about the health of your bladder, but you shouldn't be embarrassed to do so. As you get older the nerves and muscles in the pelvis lose function, which may lead to inability to control your bladder as well. Types of incontinence include:

  • Overactive bladder (constant urge to void)
  • Urge incontinence (when leakage occurs with overactive bladder)
  • Stress incontinence (leaking with coughs, sneezes, jumping, exercising)
  • Overflow incontinence (an inability to empty results in urine "overflowing" and leaking without a sensation to void)

The staff at Ovation Women's Wellness understands bladder issues well and partners with the specialists at Southeast Urogyn to provide on site testing called Urodynamics. These tests are interpreted by Southeast Urogyn and they help to determine the cause of your incontinence and guide our therapies so we can choose the best path of treatment for you.

What is interstitial cystitis?

Also known as painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis is an inflammatory bladder condition that feels much like a UTI. Symptoms usually include constant urgency unrelieved by voiding, frequency of urination, pain with urination and intercourse and flaring of these symptoms after intercourse. Most women with the condition have been treated over and over for a presumed UTI, even when their urine tests have been negative for bacteria. It usually takes visits to many different caregivers before a diagnosis is made because this condition is poorly understood outside of our specialty. We understand that there are risks associated with antibiotic use and we are careful to use them only in women who actually have infection. Real UTIs are true bacterial infections and cause symptoms because of the infection so these symptoms usually resolve after treatment. With IC, these symptoms continue even after treatment so IC is not bacterial but inflammatory; thus the treatments are completely different and are aimed at reducing inflammation and improving symptoms.

I have pelvic pain, what could it be?

The possible causes of pelvic pain that range from minor infections to major conditions affecting your organs. The important thing is to rid yourself of your anxiety over the possibilities by calling for your appointment with Ovation Women's Wellness. Whatever is causing your pelvic pain, the best solution is getting it diagnosed and treated. No amount of worrying is better than acting and knowing.

What is pelvic prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse is when one of the organs of the pelvis, i.e. bladder, rectum, intestines, or uterus, bulges or "herniates" into your vagina. This is caused by damage to the pelvic and vaginal muscles and can happen as a result of childbirth, chronic straining with constipation, chronic coughing as with asthma, and/or a genetic predisposition for such. It isn't always a cause for concern, but if you're having pain, incontinence, or bother, Ovation Women's Wellness understands how to diagnosis this and partners with Southeast Urogyn when surgical treatments are needed.

Can I do anything to help my vagina feel like it did when I was younger?

A loose feeling in your vagina is called vaginal laxity, and it's quite common. You might get less satisfaction during intercourse and feel self-conscious in the bedroom. While pelvic floor-strengthening exercises like kegels can help, talk to your doctor about more comprehensive treatments, including vaginal rejuvenation, which can involve elective surgery or nonsurgical methods, such as vaginal laser, to improve tightness.

I’m embarrassed about urinary incontinence, is it common?

About 40% of adult women experience incontinence in their lifetimes, making it extremely common. It ranges from leaks when you sneeze or cough, to uncontrollable urges in which you just can’t find a restroom in time. It can be embarrassing and life affecting, but you don’t have to live with it. Effective treatment is available. There are now more options than wearing absorbent pads and adult diapers, or keeping an extra change of clothes with you at all times.

What causes incontinence?

Causes of incontinence can be the result of the brain not signaling the bladder properly, or decreased muscle strength in the area around the bladder. You might experience stress incontinence when exercising or laughing, or urgency incontinence when you can’t control the need to go. Often, incontinence results from:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Aging
  • Some medications
  • Caffeine and alcohol
  • Nerve damage
  • Excess weight

What can be done about incontinence?

First the doctors at Ovation Women’s Wellness will run tests to figure out the origins of your bladder control problems. These include a urinalysis to see if you have an infection or urodynamic testing to check flow and bladder strength. Ultrasound, blood tests, and catheter tests are sometimes used as well.

Your treatment plan depends on the diagnosis. The doctors will take into account your full medical history. Sometimes the doctors recommend simple lifestyle alterations, such as stopping smoking, timing of fluid intake, and learning how to empty your bladder completely. Certain oral medications and injections can help with urge and bladder muscle control, while easily inserted medical devices and simple procedures may correct anatomical issues compromising your bladder function.

How do I deal with leaking urine until treatment?

Until your diagnosis and treatment plan are put into place, you’ll have to manage your incontinence. Even after treatment, you may still have some minor leaks. Disposable pads and waterproof underwear protect your clothing. Special cleansers and creams for your skin keep the area around your urethra and vagina from becoming irritated from frequent leaked urine. If odor is a problem, ask your doctor about the possibility of using urine deodorizing tablets.