Jan 10, 2014
Don’t Feel Embarrassed to Ask a Urogynecologist about Incontinence
by Dr. J. Kyle Matthews | August 31st, 2013
A relatively new field of medicine exists to greatly improve a woman’s quality of life, and address the most closely guarded women’s health issues. Unfortunately, many women suffer in silence from problems that a urogynecologist can correct, often with in-office procedures.
Dr. J. Kyle Mathews, a specialist trained in urogynecology in Plano, combines the services of a gynecologist and urologist to provide higher level care to women.
What is a Urogynecologist?
Urogynecology is a medical and surgical sub-specialty combining urology and gynecology. Specialists like Dr. Mathews are obstetricians/gynecologists that pursued advanced training in syndromes that involve the organs and systems of the pelvic floor.
Your pelvic floor supports the bladder, vagina, rectum and uterus. The muscles and connective tissues in the pelvic region are susceptible to the ‘wear and tear’ of pregnancy and childbirth, weight gain and age. Previous pelvic surgeries or genetics can also lead to problems that a urogynecologist can correct.
Urogynecologists like Dr. Mathews use the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat women’s health issues, such as:
• Urinary incontinence or leaking
• Fecal or bowel incontinence
• Pelvic organ prolapse (fallen bladder, vagina, uterus or rectum)
• Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndromes)
• Overactive bladder syndromes
• Vaginal rejuvenation or vaginoplasty
Why Partner with a Urogynecologist?
A urogynecologist like Dr. Mathews provides continuity of care, with specialized training in pelvic floor disorders for higher-level care. Your Ob/Gyn or general practice physician may refer you to a urogynecologist when problems arise.
Statistics show that a third of women will suffer from pelvic floor disorders in their lifetimes.
Some women decide to see a urogynecologist for annual well woman visits, and develop a relationship before any specific problem develops. In addition to pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence and prolapse, Dr. Mathews sees patients for annual Pap smears, menopause management and infertility.
If you want to proactively partner with a urogynecologist, or currently experience incontinence, recurring UTIs or painful intercourse, contact Dr. J. Kyle Mathews in his Plano urogynecology practice.