Urogynecology Clinic at Stony Point Women no longer have to suffer Many women go through daily life with unpleasant urinary or pelvic symptoms, but never seek help because of embarrassment, or because they feel nothing can be done. Now, there’s advanced technology and compassionate, confidential care available right here in Richmond at the VCU Medical Center’s Urogynecology Clinic at Stony Point. A Commonplace Medical Issue At any time of life, but especially as a woman ages, it’s common to have occasions of incontinence. This may be a strong or sudden urge to urinate without warning, a loss of control during physical activity, leakage when sneezing, Specialists and Effective coughing or laughing...and sometimes all of Treatment are Available Here these symptoms. Now Richmond area women can be effectively Similarly, and especially in later years and after treated by the dedicated team of specialists childbirth, women can be affected by what is focused solely on these specific health issues called pelvic prolapse. Typically, symptoms at the Urogynecology Clinic at Stony Point. may include a constant pressure in the vagina, Urogynecology focuses on diagnosing and treating a feeling like sitting on a ball or that “things incontinence and female pelvic disorders. have dropped” in It requires specialized knowledge in the evaluation the pelvic area, or and treatment of conditions of the pelvic organs a “bearing down” and the muscles and connective tissue that sensation in the support them. pelvis. Although both situations are quite If either of these disorders is ignored, the problem common, there is no won’t simply go away. Urinary incontinence will reason to accept continue and may worsen. And in cases of pelvic them as part of life support disorder, organs may drop even more. when they can be They are very treatable, though, and have a high dealt with effectively. rate of success. A Talented Staff of Specialists Heading up the Urogynecology team is Dr. Edward Gill, who was voted “Best Urogynecologist in Richmond” by readers of Richmond magazine. He is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is joined by Dr. Catherine Matthews, who completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the VCU Medical Center, and is the only female physician in Richmond specializing in this area. She is a prominent researcher and a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Urogynecologic Society. • Experience rectal fullness Rounding out the staff are a nurse practitioner, a • Feel that “things have dropped” in your registered nurse and a physical therapist...all highly pelvic area skilled and experienced in this specialty, and ready to • Experience a bearing down sensation assist each patient from evaluation to follow-up. And • Experience pelvic pressure the entire team uses the flagship feature of a state- • Experience groin and lower back pain of-the-art urodynamic evaluation area, designed to help • Have a vaginal protrusion determine the underlying cause of a patient’s condition. • Alter your social or recreational plans or The clinic is part of the Women’s Health Center at your sexual activity due to fear of leaking Stony Point, which is affiliated with the VCU Institute urine or stool for Women’s Health, one of 20 National Centers of • Wear pads so you won’t embarrass Excellence in Women’s Health designated by the yourself by leaking in public U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If you have any of these symptoms, Learn More... talk with a urogynecologist. or Schedule an Appointment • Leak urine when you cough or sneeze • Leak urine at any time If you experience incontinence, or symptoms • Feel like you do not empty your bladder associated with pelvic prolapse, call the when you urinate Urogynecology Clinic at Stony Point for sensitive, • Frequent or constant dribbling of urine specialized treatment. You can resume normal • Urinate all the time activities without daily concern about bodily func- • Feel a constant pressure in your vagina tions, and even pelvic floor function can be repaired • Feel like you are sitting on a ball to give you back the quality of life you deserve. • Experience urinary tract infections For more information, or to schedule an • Experience fecal incontinence appointment, please call 804-628-3042.