Obstetrics & gynaecology

Q&A: Pelvic floor during and after pregnancy: What to expect

Dear Mayo Clinic: I'm pregnant with my first child, and I've heard a lot about pelvic floor changes during pregnancy and childbirth. I'm a bit worried and curious about what to expect. Can you explain these changes and offer ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Early diagnosis of pelvic floor disorders key for health

Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), which occur when women's pelvic floor muscles are weakened or injured, significantly affect quality of life and require surgery for hundreds of thousands in the U.S. each year. Now a study led ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Bladder issues common for women of all ages

For many women, especially those who have had children, leakage of urine is a common complaint. So, too, is an urgency to use the bathroom.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Q&A: How to treat painful bladder syndrome

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a 45-year-old woman with urinary challenges, including feeling the frequent urge to empty my bladder. My primary doctor said I might have interstitial cystitis and suggested I see a urogynecologist. ...

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