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What to Expect at a Urogynecology Appointment

What to expect at a urogynecology appointment

Urogynecologists offer progressive, effective treatments to help women who struggle with pelvic floor disorders, incontinence or bladder issues overcome their conditions. Through extensive training and comprehensive services, Baptist Health urogynecology provides women with the care they need to find relief from uncomfortable pelvic floor conditions. Find all the information you’ll need to know what to expect at a urogynecology appointment.

What is a urogynecologist?

A urogynecologist is a physician with specialized training in both gynecology and urology, giving them a more holistic, complete knowledge of women’s health and pelvic floor conditions, including incontinence, UTIs, pelvic prolapse and more.

What to expect at a urogynecology appointment?

A Discussion About Your Medical History

The best course of treatment may depend on the cause of your condition. To provide you with the right solution for your issues, your urogynecologist needs a complete understanding of your medical history. Many factors can play a role in pelvic floor disorders and will be important for your urogynecologist to know about as they create your treatment plan. Some examples of past medical history to tell your doctor include:

  • Past births
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Weight
  • Strenuous activity
  • Chronic coughing
  • Chronic constipation
  • Other factors

An Open Conversation About Your Symptoms

Talking about your condition can be uncomfortable. To help your urogynecologist find the most effective treatment for your issues, you need to provide as many details as possible. You should also be prepared to openly and honestly answer any questions your urogynecologist asks. Topics of discussion will likely include any leakage or incontinence, vaginal bulges, pelvic pain, constipation, diarrhea, and any other notable issues you’ve experienced.

A Physical Exam

After discussing your medical history and current symptoms, your urogynecologist will likely perform a pelvic exam and/or a rectal exam. Each exam is brief and will provide your urogynecologist with the valuable insight needed to make a diagnosis or determine the next step in your care plan.

A Treatment Plan and/or Further Testing

After your exam, your urogynecologist will either diagnose your issue and provide a course of treatment, or further tests will be prescribed to reach a diagnosis. These may include urodynamics, ultrasound, cystoscopy, or a bladder lining exam or colonoscopy.

At Baptist Health, we offer women exceptional, comprehensive treatment for a wide range of urogynecological conditions. If you’d like to talk to a urogynecologist about any issues you’re currently experiencing, request an appointment with one of our specialists. If you’d like more information on incontinence, find more resources here.