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Benign Gynecologic Disorders in the Older Woman

  • Kimberly A. Gerten
  • W. Jerod Greer
  • C. Bryce Bowling
  • Thomas WheelerII
  • Holly E. Richter
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Abstract

Nonmalignant genital tract conditions and pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence are common gynecologic problems encountered by the older woman. With the rapidly increasing population of active older American women, physicians can expect to provide evaluation and treatment of these conditions with increasing frequency. These conditions are typically amenable to both medical and surgical therapies making individualization of treatment approaches important. An anatomically directed survey of nonneoplastic conditions of the lower and upper genital tract conditions is presented along with a discussion of pelvic floor support disorders common in the older woman. Evidenced-based evaluation and treatment suggestions are provided.

Keywords

Urinary Incontinence Pelvic Floor Pelvic Organ Prolapse Bacterial Vaginosis Lichen Planus 
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Acknowledgements

Partially supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, DK068389.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly A. Gerten
    • 1
  • W. Jerod Greer
  • C. Bryce Bowling
  • Thomas WheelerII
  • Holly E. Richter
  1. 1.Division of Women’s Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham Medical CenterBirminghamUSA

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