For women experiencing painful intercourse, incontinence or other pelvic
floor disorders, physical rehabilitation can be life-changing. But few
women feel comfortable discussing intimate issues in the same physical
therapy setting as patients recovering from strokes or car accidents.
With a sole focus on these sensitive conditions, Womanology, a well-respected
pelvic-floor specialty clinic, has provided integrated, comprehensive
care designed specifically for women experiencing urinary and bowel problems,
vulvodynia and a host of other pelvic floor issues for more than 12 years.
Offered in a spa-like setting and calming atmosphere, Womanology has long
understood that pelvic-floor conditions for both women and men needed
to be addressed with an emotional, as well as clinical approach.
I was one of the first physicians in Orange County to refer patients to
Womanology so I'm very excited that Hoag recently acquired the clinic.
In addition to Womanology, Hoag has also purchased Restore Him, an additional
component of the groundbreaking program that focuses on men.
Childbearing is one of the main culprits behind pelvic-floor disorders,
but obesity and other factors also contribute to this debilitating condition.
A National Institutes of Health study found that pelvic floor disorders
affect about 10% of women ages 20 to 39, some 27% of women ages 40 to
59, and 37% of women ages 60 to 79, and nearly half of women age 80 or older.
A physical therapist, Womanology founder Robin Christenson opened clinics
in Fullerton and Irvine and assembled an outstanding specialized team,
including acupuncturists, Pilates instructors, massage therapists and
guided-imagery therapists, all of whom are now on Hoag's staff.
For too many years, women kept quiet about their pelvic floor issues,
even from their doctors. With our comprehensive physical therapy program
for women, designed by women, we hope that more women will take advantage
of the rehabilitative therapies available.
Womanology by Hoag has adopted the program's spa-like, woman-friendly
environment, so patients will hopefully feel more comfortable coming in
to address problems that have traditionally gotten too little attention.
Because most pelvic floor disorder conditions are related to muscles,
nerves and ligaments, they respond well to the complementary approaches
that Womanology has employed, as well as the clinical approaches long
available at Hoag.
As these treatments become more mainstream, I hope women will grow more
comfortable addressing these problems. You can't undo the causes of
pelvic-floor problems. You can't reverse childbirth, or chemotherapy
or C-sections. But you can have a healthier, more active life.