Pelvic Floor Disorders

The physicians of the University of Michigan provide comprehensive surgical and non-surgical services for women suffering from urinary and fecal incontinence as well as pelvic organ prolapse (falling or slipping out of place). Two types of problems women may experience as a result of either vaginal birth or advancing age:

  • When the bladder, uterus, vagina, or rectum fall downward and bulge out through the opening of the vagina (known as pelvic organ prolapse)
  • Controlling urine flow or bowels (known as urinary or fecal incontinence)

Incontinence is a common problem affecting 1 out of 13 women under the age of 60 and 1 out of 7 women over the age of 60. We offer a coordinated team approach to improve symptom control and improve quality of life.

Leaders in Pelvic Floor Research

The Pelvic Floor Research Group is one of the world's leading research groups working to improve the understanding and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. Our goal is to identify risk factors for developing pelvic floor disorders and to work with high-risk women to prevent them. We also provide the most effective and newest treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction. Two major areas of focus:

  • Discovering what has gone wrong to cause pelvic floor problems
  • Putting the knowledge into practice with cutting-edge strategies for prevention and treatment of these common and distressing conditions

Our team includes top providers and researchers at the University of Michigan from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Department of Biomechanical Engineering and the School of Nursing.