Female Pelvic Health
Maintaining good female pelvic health is critical to a woman's overall well-being. Any number of conditions—uterine fibroids, prolapse or herniation of pelvic organs, chronic bladder problems such as incontinence and pain—can seriously undermine quality of life. However, it is important to note that pelvic floor disorders can be effectively treated. It is important for women to learn to recognize conditions such as bladder problems (incontinence and pain) and prolapse of pelvic organs and seek appropriate help from a board certified urogynecologist. Weill Cornell Medicine is a center of excellence in urogynecology care in New York & globally.
What is Urogynecology?
Urogynecology (also known as Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery) is a medical specialty that is dedicated to treating pelvic floor disorders. The pelvic floor consists of the muscles, nerves, and connective tissue that surround the uterus, vagina, bladder, and rectum, providing support and helping these organs function properly. Damage to the pelvic floor can occur after childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease, or surgery.
Advances in Urogynecologic Care
Dr. Patrick Culligan, Director of Urogynecology at the Center for Female Pelvic Health in NYC, brings extensive expertise in female pelvic surgery to the Department of Urology. Learn more here about Dr. Culligan's advances in surgical approaches to treatment urogynecologic conditions, including the adaptation of robotic surgery for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse.
New York's Urogynecology & Female Pelvic Health Specialists
The pelvic region of the body houses a number of important organs. Women benefit from directed care from specialists who truly understand the pelvic floor and its components.
What is the Pelvic Floor?
In this video, Dr. Tanaka Dune, Assistant Professor of Urology and in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine, provides an overview of the female pelvic anatomy and how the pelvic organs correlate to the pelvic floor muscles and pelvic bones. Urology at Weill Cornell Medicine specializes in disorders of the pelvic floor and provides diagnosis & treatment for the spectrum of urogynecology health concerns in NYC.
Common pelvic floor disorders include:
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Prolapsed Vagina (bladder side and rectum side of the vagina)
- Prolapsed Uterus and Cervix
- Urinary Incontinence
- Complications from Pelvic Mesh Surgery
- Urogenital Atrophy
- Voiding Dysfunction (incomplete bladder emptying, urinary retention)
- Overactive Bladder
- Microscopic Blood in the Urine
- Female Urogenital Fistula (Bowel or Urinary)
- Labial Hypertrophy
- Fecal Incontinence
- Painful Bladder/Interstitial Cystitis
- Sexual Dysfunction