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Pelvic Health - Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. This means that you can't always control when you urinate. Urinary incontinence can range from leaking a small amount of urine (such as when coughing or laughing) to having very strong urges to urinate that are difficult to control. This can be embarrassing, but it can be treated.

William R. Atkins, MD
Obstetrics/Gynecology

Millions of adults in the United States have urinary incontinence. It's most common in people over 50 years old, especially women. But it can also affect younger people, especially women who have just given birth.

Pelvic Pain is experienced by approximately 15-20 percent of women age 18-50. Despite its prevalence, many individuals believe pelvic discomfort is something they just have to live with or they are too embarrassed to seek treatment.

Although the symptoms women experience in their pelvic or abdominal areas are often rooted in complex problems that can be challenging to diagnose and difficult to treat, most conditions can be well managed or completely cured.

What is Pelvic Pain?
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology defines chronic pelvic pain as non-cyclical pain of at least a six-month duration that appears in locations such as the pelvis, anterior abdominal wall, lower back, or buttocks. The pain is serious enough to cause disability or lead to medical care.

What is Incontinence?
Incontinence is any involuntary leakage of urine. It is a common and distressing problem, which may have a profound impact on quality of life. Urinary incontinence almost always results from an underlying treatable medical condition but is under-reported to medical practitioners.

Pelvic Health Program at The Chester County Hospital

The Chester County Hospital's Pelvic Health Program provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for women who suffer from disorders associated with incontinence and pelvic pain. Our multidisciplinary team of experts works with each patient to understand her emotional and medical issues. The team builds a plan of care that blends traditional medicine with complementary approaches. Care may include prescription medicine, integrative therapies, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, or hysterectomy.

For more information please call our physician referral line at 610-738-2300

Last Updated: 2/22/2013