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Your Health Matters: Diagnosing pelvic pain and incontinence in women

Posted at 1:08 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 14:08:22-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In this edition of Your Health Matters, there are some things that are hard to talk about for women — pelvic pain or urinary incontinence.

41 Action News reporter Jade DeGood spoke with Dr. Megan Sneed of HCA Midwest Health about the many different causes of pelvic pain.

While many women may assume the pain is coming from the uterus, it could be anything from the intestines to the gastrointestinal system, too.

One of the most common causes is endometriosis. Newer studies show sometimes that diagnosis is delayed over nine years. Dr. Sneed said sometimes, performing surgery is the only thing that can make a woman's pain better.

Urinary incontinence is more common than people may think. It's reported in as many as 30 percent of women.

Dr. Sneed said there are a few treatment options patients may respond to, including diet change, physical therapy and surgical options.