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Dr. Richard W. Farnam (Doctor Profile)
Question: Why should women care about the new board certification in urogynecology?
Answer: In 2013, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology granted its first certifications in the specialty of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery to qualified urogynecologists. Urogynecology takes a comprehensive approach to managing pelvic disorders that used to require women to see multiple specialists including urology, gynecology and colorectal surgery. Since all of the pelvic organs share the same connective tissue, nerves and blood supply, anything done to one organ is going to affect another. Urogynecologists have an expertise in treating conditions of the entire pelvis. One-third of women in the U.S. will experience pelvic disorders. Symptoms include feeling pressure, urinary or fecal leakage, and frequent or urgent urination. Board certified urogynecologists see and treat these issues with greater frequency than non-specialists, which results in the highest chance of long-term success. For many women pelvic disorders can be embarrassing and may even lead to medical complications. Symptoms like leaking or vaginal bulges are not a normal part of aging. Urogynecology specialists are used to talking about these issues and we can help. Women who take an active role in their care will find that they are not alone and have a variety of options for restoring their quality of life.