When should you see a urogynecologist?


Many women hesitate to see a urogynecologist because they think that their symptoms are a natural part of aging, or that it is untreatable, but that is farthest from the truth. Some patients have also heard that surgery only relieves symptoms for a brief time or often fails, but this is no longer true for newer surgical techniques. Our new urogynecologist, Dr. Julius Szigeti II, has shared with us some of the many reasons why patients may come to seek care at our new urogynecology clinic.

“Patients often struggle silently with symptoms they’re either too embarrassed to talk to someone about, or they simply think that there is no solution…but that is not the case,” said Dr. Szigeti. “There are a wide range of innovative and successful treatment options available. We are here to help create a personalized treatment plan to provide relief.”

Our female pelvic medicine specialists provide compassionate, personalized treatment plans to provide relief for a variety of conditions. Below are a few of the reasons we see patients in our clinic:

  • Urinary Incontinence: After having a baby or after menopause, you may experience urine leakage when sneezing, laughing, coughing, or during exercise. If you are experiencing urinary incontinence, especially incontinence that isn’t getting better or it’s causing you to avoid doing things you love, consider seeing our urogynecologist.
  • Frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Frequent UTIs means that you are experiencing more than two UTIs in six months, or more than three in a year. It may indicate underlying health issues, and our providers and urogynecologist are trained to treat these complex cases.
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP): POP happens when tissues and muscles that support the pelvic organs weaken, or loosen, causing the organs to descend or “prolapse.” Our clinic is staffed with experts who are familiar with the latest techniques to treat POP.
  • Pelvic pain: Sometimes something can simply feel “off,” which can be frustrating and frightening. Our urogynecology team specializes in pelvic floor disorders and can often diagnose your symptoms and offer effective, personalized treatments.
  • Difficulties during the transition to menopause: When a woman officially enters menopause, the transition can take about a year, but in some cases, much longer. Symptoms vary between individuals and can include hot flashes, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, and more. Going through menopause can leave you feeling powerless, but there are effective treatments for these symptoms, and our team can navigate you through a treatment plan that is catered to you.
  • Complex pelvic surgery needs: Szigeti specializes in using the minimally invasive da Vinci Robotic Surgery platform to address complex pelvic surgery problems such as advanced or recurrent endometriosis, large uterine fibroids, or the need for complicated hysterectomy or other pelvic surgery. For almost all procedures patients can now go home the same day and not need an overnight hospital stay.

If you think you could benefit from seeing a urogynecologist, schedule an appointment with our clinic. It is important for both your mental and physical health to see a specialist for symptoms and conditions like those outlined above. You do not need to suffer in silence from conditions that are both common and treatable. We want you to live your best life. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment today! Call 509.769.2269 or visit tsh.org/urogynecology