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Who’s at Risk for Vulvovaginal Disease? Dec 1st, 2021

Sexual discomfort can be a source of anxiety in personal relationships. For about 20% of US women that may mean dealing with dyspareunia, or recurrent pain related to sexual activity.  Many conditions can lead to dyspareunia, including vulvovaginal disease, a group of conditions that affect the external area of your...

Why Do I Keep Getting UTIs? Nov 1st, 2021

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are among the most common infections that affect Americans, accounting for nearly 10% of infections reported in acute care hospitals. This infection can strike any portion of your urinary system, including your bladder, kidneys, urethra, and ureter.  While UTIs are generally easy to treat, leaving...

You Don’t Have to Live with Urinary Incontinence Oct 1st, 2021

Urinary incontinence is a condition where you lose control of your bladder. And it’s a sad fact of life for the quarter to a third of men and women in the United States who are dealing with this condition, which can result in small leaks of urine or even not...

The Importance of the Pelvic Floor Sep 27th, 2021

Sexual and digestive health are vital to your overall well-being, and they’re connected in more ways than you might think. Your pelvic region contains your bladder, genitals, urethra, and anus, all held in place by a group of muscles that make up the pelvic floor (or perineum). If something goes...

Painful Intercourse: Solutions to Consider Aug 5th, 2021

Up to 20% of American women deal regularly with pain during intercourse, a condition known as dyspareunia. But whether it’s chromic or occasional pain, this type of discomfort during sex can adversly affect your personal life.  Painful intercourse can happen for a variety of reasons, and finding treatment means understanding...

Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia: Signs and Effective Treatments Jul 27th, 2021

Vaginal health is important to your overall health, and if you’re experiencing pain, burning, and itching, your discomfort can be due to a number of issues.  Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), hormonal changes, infections, inflammation, and many other conditions can complicate your life, but they’re often quite treatable. Some conditions, however,...

5 Treatable Causes of Chronic Pelvic Pain Jun 9th, 2021

Researchers estimate that 14%-32% of women worldwide (and about 15% in the US) report having some form of chronic pelvic pain. Additionally, up to one-third of women say the pain is bad enough to cause them to miss work. Pain during your period isn’t uncommon, but there are many reasons...

5 Treatments for Fecal Incontinence May 5th, 2021

Fecal incontinence, also known as bowel or anal incontinence, can be an embarrasing condition. The loss of control over your bowels can impact your life, making it difficult to socialize with others or even admit what you’re dealing with.  But you’re not alone. In the United States, more than 5.5...

Understanding the Complications You Might Have from a Vaginal Mesh Apr 1st, 2021

Women face issues with their pelvic floor muscles for a variety of reasons. These are the muscles at the bottom of your pelvis that support the genitals, bladder, and rectum. Problems in this area lead to conditions like pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress incontinence. Stress incontinence means you have...

Ways to Prevent a UTI Mar 4th, 2021

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a type of infection that can affect any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra.  Both men and women can experience a UTI, but women are 30 times more likely to get one. And for women who get a...

Why Do I Urinate So Much? Feb 7th, 2021

How often you should urinate and what it means for your health are more important than you think. If you have the overwhelming urge to go to the bathroom multiple times a day, it can be a source of embarrassment and frustration that affects your everyday life. Frequent urination and...

Help for Your Urinary Incontinence Jan 20th, 2021

Urinary incontinence, when you lose control of your bladder, affects 25 million adults in the United States. Up to 80% of them are women, since urinary incontinence can be linked to women’s issues like pregnancy and menopause.  Urinary incontinence is often associated with older people but anyone can struggle with...

Will Ovarian Cysts Go Away on Their Own? Dec 16th, 2020

An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on the outside or inside of one or both of a woman’s ovaries. Most women experience at least one in their lifetime. In some cases, ovarian cysts can lead to symptoms that include: Abdominal bloating or swelling Painful bowel movements Pain...

Musculoskeletal Issues That Are Causing Your Pelvic Pain Nov 1st, 2020

Pain in the lowest part of your abdomen is known as pelvic pain, and it’s a problem for many women. The numbers vary, but about 15% of US women of childbearing age experience pelvic pain for more than six months; worldwide, as many as 32% of women deal with such...

Nocturia: What Is It and How Can You Treat It? Oct 8th, 2020

There are many urinary conditions that are more likely to start when you’re older, but some affect people young or old. One example is nocturia, or nocturnal polyuria.  This condition can make it difficult to get a night’s rest and can be caused by a number of other issues. And...

The Link Between Pregnancy and Urinary Incontinence Jul 20th, 2020

Urinary incontinence is the term for loss of bladder control and it’s something that 10 million-13 million Americans deal with. It can be mild or severe and can affect anyone. Typically, however, this condition affects more women than men and becomes more common as people get older.  It’s especially common...

Vulvovaginal Disease Explained Jun 17th, 2020

Vaginal pain can result from a number of conditions in women. If you’re experiencing burning, stinging, and other forms of discomfort not associated with the menstrual cycle, it could indicate vulvovaginal disease. This refers to any condition that affects the external part of the female genitalia (the vulva). The vulva...

Types of Prolapses: What You Need to Know May 21st, 2020

Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition where one or more of your pelvic organs drop from their normal position, usually resulting from a weakened pelvic floor (the muscles that support the pelvic organs). And as unpleasant as it sounds, it’s more common than you might think. Research indicates that 35%-50%...

Urinary Incontinence: Not a Natural Part of Aging Apr 9th, 2020

Urinary incontinence, a condition where people accidentally urinate due to a loss of bladder control, affects millions of adults. It happens with 1 in 5 adults over 40, and nearly 30% of people ages 60-70 who merely cough, sneeze, or laugh. Many things can happen in the body to cause...

Why Fecal Incontinence Is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of Mar 1st, 2020

Chances are if you’ve had a problem with fecal incontinence, you’ve also had trouble admitting it or getting help. But you’re not alone. Fecal or bowel incontinence, the condition where you lose control and leak stool unexpectedly, is a lot more common than you think. It affects 1 in 12...

Why Does Intercourse Hurt? Feb 1st, 2020

Pain during intercourse for women is fairly common, with nearly 3 out of 4 women experiencing it at some point. This affects both your relationships and your own personal happiness. It can also indicate a serious underlying health problem. Painful intercourse can affect women of all ages. If you’re experiencing...

Constipation and Pelvic Prolapse Jan 1st, 2020

You spend your days running here and there, and it’s not often you get a chance to sit on the toilet and have a bowel movement. But even when you have the urge and the time to go, you’re not able to get anything moving. You get plenty of dietary...

Why Is Vaginal Mesh So Problematic? Dec 1st, 2019

One in four women suffer from pelvic floor issues. Transvaginal mesh was designed to help women deal with a number of disorders, such as incontinence, a weakened bladder, and pelvic organ prolapse. But, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered all manufacturers to stop distributing transvaginal mesh in April,...

The Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Nov 1st, 2019

Though there are many causes of pelvic pain, it can vary greatly from woman to woman. Some of the most universal symptoms include: Cramping or aching Pressure and heaviness Sharp pain Pain during intercourse Pain during a bowel movement At Boston Urogyn, Dr. Neeraj Kohli leads the way with advanced...

Is Overactive Bladder Normal After Birth? Oct 1st, 2019

When you were pregnant, you probably found yourself using the bathroom frequently, especially as your baby grew larger and put more pressure on your bladder. Maybe you’re noticing that this common issue doesn’t necessarily end just because you deliver. Dr. Neeraj Kohli at Boston Urogyn understands the impact that bladder...

Your Diet Could Be Causing Your Urinary Incontinence Sep 1st, 2019

If you have trouble with urinary incontinence — a loss of bladder control — there’s something you may not know: Your diet can contribute to it. Some dietary habits that can affect urination are obvious, such as how much water you drink. But there are other habits that can also...

What Every Woman Should Know About Uterine Fibroids Aug 6th, 2019

The female body is incredible: It undergoes amazing changes throughout its lifespan, tolerates a not-so-enjoyable monthly cycle, carries and births children, and does so much more. Unfortunately, the female body is also sometimes troublesome. It runs into unexpected kinks and endures unexplained symptoms, which can be incredibly frustrating. Uterine fibroids...

How to Prevent Summertime UTIs Jul 22nd, 2019

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are a common but uncomfortable condition. You know that you have one if you experience pain or burning when you urinate, needing to use the bathroom frequently, pain in your belly or lower back, and fever or chills. Summertime is a fun time with a...

Top 5 Signs Your Chronic Pelvic Pain May Be Vulvodynia Jun 20th, 2019

Pelvic pain is often very difficult to manage. In many cases, it’s a mysterious condition with seemingly unknown causes and results in a lot of discomfort that disrupts your life. In some cases, pelvic pain may indicate a condition called vulvodynia. The vulva is the outside of the female genital...

Pregnancy and Endometriosis: Know Your Options May 14th, 2019

Many women who are diagnosed with endometriosis — uterine growths that form outside the uterus and can wreak havoc on their reproductive system — have the same question: Does this mean I won’t be able to get pregnant? It’s still possible to get pregnant if you have endometriosis, yes, but...

What Fecal Incontinence Can Reveal About Your Health Apr 9th, 2019

Often the most embarrassing health conditions are the ones you need relief from to improve the quality of your life, and fecal incontinence is no exception. Fecal incontinence, or bowel incontinence, as it’s also called, can prevent you from participating in leisure activities or simply leaving the house for daily...

Vaginal Mesh Complications: Your Treatment Options For Finding Relief Mar 13th, 2019

If you’ve had transvaginal surgical mesh implanted to correct your pelvic organ prolapse, our hope is that the device is functioning smoothly, allowing you to get on with your life. Unfortunately, this is not the case for some women, who experience serious complications from a mesh gone awry, often leaving...

How Botox Can Help Relieve Pelvic Pain Feb 14th, 2019

While Botox® first burst on the scene as a wrinkle-busting cosmetic treatment in 2002, it had already been given the go-ahead by the FDA to treat strabismus (poor eye muscle control) in 1978. Realizing its potential in overriding muscles, Botox’s applications were expanded to include bladder spasms, excessive sweating, and...

What Are the Main Causes of Urinary Incontinence? Jan 11th, 2019

The fact that urinary incontinence is common doesn’t spare you the embarrassment when it happens to you. Whether it’s occasional leakage or the strong, sudden urge to go, incontinence can interfere with your everyday life. Although urinary incontinence disproportionately affects older people, it isn’t an inevitable health condition. Many of...

Combatting an Overactive Bladder with These Treatment Options Dec 18th, 2018

According to the the American Urological Association about 33 million Americans have overactive bladder. Many of those people don’t seek help because they are embarrassed, or they don’t know what to say. They may also believe there are no treatments and overactive bladder is just something they have to manage...

Don't Live With Pain: Seek Treatment For Vaginal Health Problems Nov 26th, 2018

The medical world uses many different and often unfamiliar terms to describe issues associated with vaginal health problems. You may be experiencing vaginitis, vulvovaginitis, vaginosis, or any of several other conditions that can affect the sensitive internal and external skin and other soft tissue structures related to your vaginal health....

How to Know If You Are Suffering From Vaginal Mesh Complications Oct 26th, 2018

Pelvic organ prolapse is an often-frustrating condition that many women experience after childbirth and with changes linked to menopause, obesity, persistent cough or constipation that strains your muscles, and other common issues. It’s caused by weakening of the pelvic floor muscles that normally hold your uterus, urinary bladder, and other...

4 Lifestyle Tips to Help Prevent UTIs Sep 12th, 2018

Although they’re common, when you develop the symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), your first stop should be your doctor’s office. Most often caused by bacterial infections, an untreated UTI can lead to serious complications, including kidney damage.Fortunately, most UTIs are easily treated with a round of antibiotics, and...

What You Should Know About Pelvic Organ Prolapse Aug 15th, 2018

Pelvic organ prolapse is a type of a hernia that can be uncomfortable and rather awkward to manage since it often causes urinary issues, such as unexpected leakage of your urine when you laugh or a cough (stress urinary incontinence).In fact, if your doctor has diagnosed you with urinary incontinence,...

Shedding Light on Fecal Incontinence Jul 9th, 2018

For many women, fecal incontinence is embarrassing, but the rare issue that may occur when you have the stomach flu that’s producing diarrhea or as a reaction to last night’s dinner party. Sometimes, however, the unexpected loss of stool becomes an ongoing issue that’s difficult to hide and just as...

Why Sex Can Be Painful and What You Can Do About It Jun 19th, 2018

No matter how much you enjoy your partner and the pleasure that physical and emotional closeness can create, pain during sex may cause you to avoid intimacy whenever possible. This can create problems in a relationship and may leave you feeling responsible.It doesn’t help, either, when you or your partner...

5 Signs of a UTI May 25th, 2018

Urinary tract infections are extremely common and nothing to feel embarrassed about. Up 60% of women experience a UTI at some point during their lives. But, just because UTIs are common, doesn’t mean you can put off seeing a doctor. Delaying medical attention may lead to kidney and bladder damage...

What is Pelvic Floor Training? Apr 19th, 2018

If you’re like most women, you never gave urinary incontinence (UI) a second thought until you had your first baby. That’s usually when the average woman first experiences some amount of bladder leakage, either during a forceful sneeze, a coughing fit, or an exceptionally funny joke.   If you wouldn’t dream...

Can Urinary Incontinence Be Prevented? Mar 28th, 2018

Millions of men and women experience loss of bladder control that ranges from a few drops to significant leakage. Being overweight, smoking, and having type 2 diabetes increases the chances that you’ll develop urinary incontinence (UI) -- and while it affects adults of all ages, it’s more common in women...

What is Bladder Botox? Feb 23rd, 2018

What is Bladder Botox?If you find yourself canceling social outings to avoid the stress of finding a restroom, you’re not alone. Over 30 million Americans experience the sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate known as overactive bladder. The good news is, you can put your days of frequent bathroom trips...