So the types of pelvic health issues that women 
can encounter are really wide-ranging. They   can have bladder issues, so frequent urination, 
urgent urination, even bladder pain all of these   are very common pelvic health issues for women. 
Urinary incontinence is very common. A urinary   leakage that happens with coughing, sneezing, and 
laughing. Or, urinary leakage that occurs with a   sudden urge to get to the bathroom. In addition 
to urinary incontinence patients can have loss   of bowel movements called fecal incontinence. 
This is one of the most distressing types of   pelvic health issues that women can encounter. 
There are other types of issues that we often call   prolapse and this is a vaginal bulge. So a 
woman might notice or feel or might even see   a vaginal bulge sort of pushing out of the vagina. 
This can be the bladder, it can be the uterus, it   can be the rectum, it can be the intestine.

All of 
these are sort of put together as something called   pelvic organ prolapse, and these can cause lots of 
different symptoms depending on what's prolapsing.   Maybe the most common pelvic health issue 
are urinary tract infections. Urinary   tract infections are actually the most common 
reason why women visit a healthcare provider,   and so this is something that affects millions 
and millions of women uh every year, but public   health issues have a few things in common. 
One of the things that they have in common is   how many women experience this, right. So we're 
talking about tens of millions of women in this   country every year who experience some type of 
bothersome or symptomatic pelvic health issue.   The other thing that I think is common about them 
that they all have in common is how hard it is for   some people to talk about them. Right, so a lot 
of times we're embarrassed to discuss these and   maybe when even when we finally have gotten the 
courage to talk with about uh with a healthcare   provider about our pelvic health issues maybe we 
kind of felt shut down. Maybe it's something that   they didn't want to talk about or didn't want to 
address or said it's just part of getting older or   something like that, and so oftentimes the hardest 
part about addressing pelvic health issues for me,   is just letting a woman know that it's okay 
to talk about this right that I'm interested   in hearing about your pelvic health issues, 
I specialize in your pelvic health issues,   I want to help with your pelvic health issues, 
and this is the right place to discuss them.



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