Peripartum Evaluation and Assessment of the Pelvic Floor around Delivery
What types of pelvic floor symptoms can women experience during pregnancy or after childbirth?
Many women experience new, bothersome pelvic floor symptoms during their pregnancy or after their delivery. In fact, one in three women develop symptoms of urinary incontinence during pregnancy or after delivery. Some of the problems women experience can include:
Why do some women develop pelvic floor issues after childbirth?
There are many risk factors for development of pelvic floor disorders after childbirth. One of the most significant risk factors for developing anal incontinence after having a baby is a severe tear.
These tears are known as 3rd or 4th degree tears and damage the anal sphincter. At the time of delivery, the sphincter is repaired with stitches; however, close follow-up to ensure proper healing is necessary.
Risk factors for developing a severe obstetric anal sphincter laceration include the following:
Specialists for Peripartum Pelvic Floor Disorders
The Northwestern Medicine Peripartum Evaluation and Assessment of the Pelvic Floor around Delivery (PEAPOD) Clinic consists of experts from various backgrounds to adequately address, evaluate and manage the needs of all of our pregnant and postpartum patients.
Our team includes:
Meet Our Team
These specialists provide customized, compassionate, full-service care for all childbirth related urinary and pelvic floor disorders in a confidential environment.
To schedule an appointment with our team, call 312.694.PFDS (7337).