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Losing Control

Treating common urologic problems in women

Losing Control

Despite what you may think, urologic problems in females are not a normal result of having children or getting older. Another big misconception is that urologic problems are more prevalent in men. 

“Truth be told, due to anatomical reasons as well as childbirth and genetics, urologic problems are more common in women,” says Apurva Pancholy, M.D., an assistant professor of urogynecology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School. 

Given the large number of women with urologic disorders, the field of urogynecology has even been established as a medical subspecialty. Doctors who practice in this field are OB/GYN (obstetrics and gynecology) doctors who specialize in caring for women with pelvic floor disorders. At UTHealth Medical School, the division of urogynecology has existed for more than a decade, and, in 2011, the American Board of Medical Specialties officially approved it as a certified subspecialty. 

The most common urologic conditions in women are urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections (UTIs), cystocele and cystitis. “The good news is that most urologic conditions are easily treatable,” says Gazala Siddiqui, M.D., an assistant professor of urogynecology at UTHealth Medical School. “Treatment can improve the quality of life.”

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