Donate to Pelvic Health Research, Patient Care and Education
Pelvic floor disorders are a group of conditions that affect the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues that support the pelvic organs. The pelvic floor ensures that a woman’s bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum stay inside her body. Damage to the pelvic floor muscles or tissue can affect the functioning of the pelvic organs, resulting in symptoms of pelvic floor disorder.
At Northwestern Medicine, a highly-skilled, multidisciplinary team of experts provides comprehensive care to patients with pelvic floor disorders. By donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help specialists at Northwestern Medicine to develop groundbreaking treatments for pelvic dysfunction, and you will help to bring relief to a great many women.
There are three main types of pelvic floor disorders: urinary incontinence, anal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Symptoms vary, depending on the type of pelvic floor disorder affecting a woman. Some symptoms of pelvic floor disorder include:
- Blood in the urine
- Bowel control problems
- Difficulty with bladder or bowel emptying
- Overactive bladder
- Prolapse of the bladder, vagina, uterus or rectum
- Urinary control problems
- Vaginal bulge or protrusion of tissue from the vagina
At Northwestern Medicine, physicians involved with the Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program are leaders in providing minimally invasive pelvic reconstruction surgery and sacral nerve stimulation for urinary and fecal incontinence. These procedures have brought comfort to many women battling the uncomfortable and distressing symptoms of pelvic floor disorders. With your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you can play a major role in continuing the advancement of these innovative techniques and procedures.
Other treatments for pelvic floor disorders include:
- Botox®: Works to relax the bladder muscle to improve symptoms of urinary urgency and urgency incontinence
- Colpocleisis: A surgical treatment for pelvic organ prolapse to shorten the length of the vaginal canal
- Pessary: A silicone device that is inserted into the vagina for mechanical support to prolapsed pelvic organs
- Pelvic floor physical therapy: Uses exercises, manual therapy, biofeedback, electrical stimulation and dilators to treat a number of different pelvic floor conditions
- Surgeries for urinary incontinence including synthetic slings, fascial slings and burch procedures
Pelvic Health Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
At least 25 percent of women are affected by a pelvic floor disorder. These women experience uncomfortable symptoms that cause physical and emotional distress, and compromise overall quality of life. And yet, through the excellence of the medical care available at Northwestern Medicine, quality of life can be restored for these women. With your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will provide vital support to scientists at Northwestern Medicine as they conduct in-depth research in the area of pelvic health. This research will provide valuable knowledge that will facilitate progress in preventing and treating pelvic floor disorders. Your gift to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will bring hope to the many women who are coping with pelvic floor disorders.