Helping women live full lives with less pain

For women who have a pelvic floor disorder (PFD), our team at Saint Agnes in Baltimore provides care options to help alleviate your condition.

Pelvic Health Disorders

To schedule an appointment with one of our urogynecologists, call 1-866-690-9355.

At Ascension Saint Agnes in Baltimore, we specialize in personalized care for women's health and advanced care urogynecology (UroGyn). Our doctors and care team provide a variety of nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures for pelvic floor disorders and other women's health conditions. From diagnosis to treatment, our care team works together to deliver care that is right for you.

Although these conditions may be embarrassing to talk about, our compassionate doctors take the time to listen and understand your health concerns:

  • Women who suffer from accidental bowel leakage have lost control of their bowels. They may suffer from fecal incontinence (leaking of stool) or anal incontinence (leaking of stool and gas). Fecal and anal incontinence may be caused by damaged nerves or muscles in the rectum and anus. Common causes of fecal and anal incontinence include tears during vaginal delivery, age, and bowel problems.
  • Constipation is defined as having less than three bowel movements per week and straining during a bowel movement. There are many causes to constipation, and about one in three women are affected by constipation.
  • A fistula is a connection or tunnel between organs or an organ and skin. There are two types of pelvic fistulas: genitourinary and rectovaginal. Genitourinary fistulas exist between the vagina or uterus and part of the urinary tract. A rectovaginal fistula is a tunnel formed between the vagina and rectum.
  • Interstitial cystitis and bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) cause urinary burning, pressure, urgency, and frequency without evidence of a urinary infection.
  • Women who have overactive bladder (OAB) may feel sudden urges to urinate and may accidentally leak on their way to the bathroom. The muscles that line the bladder squeeze too often and forcefully in women with OAB.
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) happens when the pelvic organs fall downward into the vagina. POP is caused by a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues. Common symptoms of POP include vaginal dryness, trouble urinating, not being able to wear a tampon, and pressure from the bulge near the opening of the vagina.
  • Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a condition in which a woman's bladder leaks when placed under physical stress. Examples of activities that may cause leakage include sneezing, exercising, laughing or coughing. This condition affects one in three women over 45 years old. Pregnancy and childbirth, obesity, aging, and constipation are common risk factors for SUI.
  • A perineal tear occurs during vaginal delivery when there is damage in the area between the vaginal opening and anus.
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common; about 40 percent of women will experience a UTI at least once in their lifetime. Burning with urination, cloudy urine and pain are common symptoms. If you see blood in your urine, see our doctor immediately.

Source: American Urogynecologic Society

To schedule an appointment with one of our urogynecologists, call 1-866-690-9355.