When a patient enters our section, our primary goal is that she is treated with the utmost respect and care. Working from Loma Linda University Medical Center's focus on whole person healing, our team provides patients suffering from urogynecological conditions with compassionate care that enables them to take an active role in healing.
While many of the conditions our physicians treat, such as abnormal bleeding and urinary incontinence, are extremely common among women, we also offer the specialization and expertise in all areas of urogynecological health that comes from being the largest and most respected program in the area.
Urogynecology Condition Information
We encourage our patients to research and discover information relating to their urogynecological conditions:
- Vaginal & Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Stress Urinary Incontinence
- Urinary Retention
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Overactive Bladder
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Urogenital Fistula
- Post-Surgical Sexual Dysfunction
- Pelvic Pain
- Bowel Incontinence
Abnormal Bleeding Specialists
Another condition regularly treated in our section is abnormal bleeding. While some vaginal bleeding can be treated at home, abnormal bleeding requires a visit to a physician. Since there are many causes of abnormal bleeding, our specialists can diagnose the condition and properly provide treatment.
Causes of Abnormal Bleeding for Pregnant Women:
- Heavy vaginal bleeding or bleeding that occurs before 12 weeks may indicate a serious problem such as an Ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
- Heavy vaginal bleeding or bleeding that occurs after 12 weeks also may indicate a serious problem, such as placenta previa.
- Hormone imbalance
- Birth control pills
- An intrauterine device (IUD)
- Infection of the pelvic organs (vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries)
- Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which causes inflammation or infection to the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries
Treatments for Abnormal Bleeding:
There is no home treatment for abnormal vaginal bleeding. With some types of vaginal bleeding, it may be okay to wait to see if the bleeding stops on its own. Any concerns about abnormal bleeding should be addressed with a physician. And for any bleeding that continues or gets worse, a visit to a doctor is needed to determine the reason for the bleeding.
Women who use tampons for abnormal vaginal bleeding must be sure to change them often and not leave one in place when the bleeding has stopped. A tampon left in the vagina may increase the risk for toxic shock syndrome, a rare but life-threatening illness that develops suddenly after a bacterial infection rapidly affects several different organ systems.