Women's Health

Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists

Located in Bellingham, WA - Serving the Pacific Northwest

Urological problems can be personal and intimate issues, leading many women not to seek treatment because they don’t think anything can be done. At Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists in Bellingham, Washington, the experienced team includes a female urologist who specializes in the unique women’s health problems you face. To find solutions that can get you back to the activities you enjoy, call Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Women's Health

What is urology?

Urology is a specialized medical field that focuses specifically on your urinary tract, including your bladder, ureters, urethra, and kidneys. When caring for women, urologists also specialize in pelvic floor health, vaginal health, and external genitalia. For men, they provide advanced medical care for the male reproductive system.

What women’s health conditions do urologists treat?

The experienced team at Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists provides a wide range of specialized services for women throughout every stage of life. The team has a female urologist on staff to help you feel more comfortable discussing these very personal and intimate issues that can vary in complexity.

Common women’s health conditions include:

  • Urinary incontinence: involuntary urine leakage
  • Overactive bladder: an intense and sudden urge to urinate, increased frequency, and sometimes urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic and bladder pain syndromes: pain or pressure in your bladder or pelvis, often with a frequent urge to void but with smaller amounts of urine
  • Pelvic organ prolapse: the soft tissues supporting your organs inside your pelvis relax and your organs can drop down, pressing against or protruding into your vagina

After you go through menopause, you also experience changes to the vagina, which narrows and decreases in length. These changes also include a loss in vaginal folds, which reduces your sensation during sexual intercourse. In addition to these changes, your labia also thins and you experience less blood flow to your vagina.

How are women’s health conditions diagnosed and treated?

The expert team at Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists diagnoses women’s health issues by performing a full physical exam and discussing your symptoms. They offer a wide range of treatments, depending on the type of women’s health condition you have.

Many conditions affecting a woman’s urological health respond well to treatments designed to strengthen and tone your pelvic floor muscles. These exercises often include Kegels or physical therapy with a female pelvic therapist.

Your urologist also relies on innovative new therapies for women, like the diVa™ laser. This in-office therapy delivers wavelengths of energy to your vaginal tissue to restore its health. DiVa therapy doesn’t require any downtime, treats a variety of women’s health issues, and helps you improve the quality of your sexual intimacy and regain your self-confidence.

In some cases, your urologist might also recommend medication or surgical treatment to manage your condition.

For more information on women’s health solutions, call Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.