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346: Pelvic Floor Health, Incontinence, Bladder Botox and Vaginal Birth Trauma - Postpartum Facts with Dr. Jocelyn Fitzgerald [with video]

On Air with Ella episode 346

Uro-gynecologist Dr. Jocelyn Fitzgerald is On Air with Ella for women's health

Listen in on this important conversation with Dr. Jocelyn Fitzgerald, a Urogynecologist and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgeon, about women's health after childbirth, during perimenopause and after menopause.


Get the full episode transcript here.


In this episode:

  • What is a Urogynecologist and why do we need them?

  • Vaginal birth trauma (including tears) and pelvic floor health

  • Prolapse - how it happens and what to do about it

  • Urge incontinence and stress incontinence

  • Bladder Botox injections to treat incontinence

  • Vaginal estrogen and why Dr. Fitzgerald loves it for vaginal dryness and much more

  • Bladder irritants - the little known diet choices that may be causing spasms

  • Risks of childbirth and what women should know

  • What exercises can help?



I’m convinced that nobody goes into pregnancy knowing what a Urogynecologist is because then we’d have to admit up front WHY Urogynecologists need to exist (and why there’s a 6 month waiting list to see one).  I honestly feel bad sometimes telling people what I do for a living because they realize how common pelvic floor disorders are that a WHOLE DOCTOR type exists to treat them.  Surprise: it’s because vaginas fall out, bladders leak, sex hurts, and anal tears lead to accidents. Anyone who sells the fantasy that vaginas just come out of expelling a 7lb person unscathed is living in a fairytale.  The good news is, there are treatments available. The problem is that we only tell women about these on the back end after they’ve suffered and delayed care: this is damage control mode.   Women deserve to GO INTO birth armed with what resources are available to them postpartum

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For those interested in learning more or connecting with Dr. Fitzgerald, she can be found on X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram at @JJFitzgeraldMD, as well as on LinkedIn.

 
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