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The urogynecologists at Dartmouth-Hitchcock treat many kinds of pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), which are a range of conditions involving the reproductive, urinary, and lower digestive systems.

Common causes of PFDs include aging, pregnancy and childbirth, increasing estrogen levels, genetic factors, obesity, and conditions such as chronic cough, which can strain the pelvic floor.

Pelvic floor disorders include:

  • Pelvic organ prolapse: bulging or protrusion (prolapse) of tissues of the vagina, uterus, bladder, or rectum, through the vaginal opening
  • Urinary incontinence: involuntary leaking of urine including stress incontinence from pressure on the bladder, urge incontinence from an overactive bladder, overflow incontinence from over-stretching of the bladder, and mixed incontinence
  • Anal or fecal incontinence: involuntary leakage of stool or gas
  • Abnormal bladder emptying: difficulty with emptying the bladder
  • Defecatory dysfunction: difficulty with evacuating the stool
  • Fistulas: abnormal connections between tissues in the body
  • Overactive bladder: the frequent need to urinate

Our team approach guarantees patients the best care available as we consult with other experts in departments such as physical therapy, surgery, or other specialized programs.

We provide services in Bedford and Lebanon, NH.

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