Pelvic Health After Pregnancy Clinic
You are not Alone. Find Care, Treatment and Support
The pelvic floor refers to a group of muscles that are between the tailbone and pubic bone. These muscles act as a “hammock” and support the bowel, bladder, uterus and vagina. When those muscles become weak (or stretched from pregnancy and childbirth), you can experience a wide range of conditions. And, those conditions can cause embarrassing and uncomfortable symptoms.
The Emory Healthcare Pelvic Health After Pregnancy Clinic sees birthing parents up to one year after delivery to diagnose and treat pregnancy and delivery-related, pelvic-floor disorders. The clinic is staffed by experienced and understanding physicians who’ve completed three years of additional education and training to become board certified in pelvic-floor medicine and reconstructive surgery.
Pelvic-Floor Conditions We Treat
Many birthing parents experience changes to the pelvic floor after childbirth. It’s important to keep in mind your symptoms are completely normal and nothing to be embarrassed about.
At the Pelvic Health After Pregnancy Clinic, we want you to feel your best so you can enjoy bonding with and caring for your little one. We’ve helped parents, just like you, manage and treat their pelvic-health issues, including:
- Anal sphincter defect/tear
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- Fecal incontinence
- Obstetric-related fistula
- Pain during sex
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Perineal tears/episiotomy pain or healing complications
- Sexual dysfunction
- Third- or fourth-degree lacerations
- Urinary incontinence
What to Expect During Your Appointment
From the moment you call to schedule your appointment, you’ll be warmly welcomed. We take referrals from physicians or can make direct appointments with you. During your first appointment, you’ll meet with one of our fellowship-trained physicians. They’ll get to know your medical and family history and what symptoms you’re experiencing. This conversation takes place in a safe, no-judgment and confidential environment.
Based on that initial conversation, your doctor will recommend a few non-invasive screenings and tests to get a clearer picture of your pelvic health. That may include:
- Biomechanical tests for various functions and anatomy of pelvic floor
- Cystoscopy to check for abnormalities in the bladder or urethra
- Detailed physical exam, including a pelvic exam
- Pelvic-floor measurements
- Ultrasound (transvaginal or endoanal) to capture images of the pelvic-floor organs
- Urodynamics test to assess bladder function
Creating a Plan That’s Right for You
When it comes to pelvic health after pregnancy, one size doesn’t fit all. Birthing parents can experience many different conditions and even different symptoms with similar conditions. Your doctor will discuss treatment options and share evidence-based recommendations on the best plan for you, which may include:
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Physical therapy
- Vaginal estrogen