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Pelvic Health Concerns for Women as They Age
Date
08/05/2014
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The National Women's Health Resource Center reports almost one-third of US women will have a pelvic health problem by age 60. Glen Powell, MD, with Greater Carolinas Women Center-Prosperity Crossing, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, said there are several pelvic conditions that are of concern for women as they age, including:

  • Abnormally heavy menstrual periods (also called menorrhagia). 
  • Uterine fibroids (benign tumors made of muscle and connective tissue in the uterus).
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (the drooping of pelvic floor organs, including the bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel and rectum).
  • Stress urinary incontinence (urine leakage during physical acts, such as coughing or sneezing).

“As an OB/GYN, it is my job to address a woman’s needs in every stage of her life – not just when she’s having babies! We encourage our patients to come to us for their routine care but to also tell us about any concerns they have as they age and their bodies change. Then, we can work together to find the best solution for her.” Dr. Powell adds.

Pelvic Health Numbers 
  • About 70 percent of white women and 80 percent of African-American women develop uterine fibroids by age 50.
  • An estimated 13.5 million women in the baby boomer generation (one-third of female baby boomers) have stress urinary incontinence.
  • Nearly 40 percent of women aged 45 to 60 experience heavy menstrual periods.
  • Over 200,000 hysterectomies (surgical removal of the uterus) are done in the US each year for women with a primary diagnosis of menorrhagia or uterine fibroids.

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