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Pelvic health disorders can develop in any number of ways. In females, the predominant risk factors are:

  • Prior hysterectomy
  • Prior vaginal surgery
  • Childbirth (particularly complicated childbirth)

In males, risk factors include problems that often occur at the same time, such as enlarged prostate and/or prior prostate surgery.

In all patients, the following can also play a role in developing pelvic health disorders:

  • Obesity
  • Lung disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Smoking
  • Chronic constipation
  • Evacuation Problems

Structural defects can also lead to problems with the bladder, bowel and genital tract.

In the most complex cases, a history of neurological injury or a history of major pelvic cancer surgery and history of radiation can lead to significant genitourinary and pelvic dysfunction.


For more information or to make a confidential appointment with one of our physicians, please call the Integrated Pelvic Health Program at 312-926-4747.

Last UpdateDecember 1, 2011