How Can Women Deal with Pelvic Disorders?

How Can Women Deal with Pelvic Disorders?

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According to the NIH, recent research suggests that more than 28 million women in the United States have a PFD (Pelvic Floor Disorders)or Pelvic Disorders, which occurs when the pelvic muscles and connective tissue weaken or are injured.1 
The term “pelvic floor” refers to the group of muscles and dense tissues that form a sling or hammock across the pelvis. These muscles hold the pelvic organs, such as the uterus, bladder, or bowel, in place to promote correct function and pelvic comfort. Common PFDs include urinary or fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. 
Although the effects can be difficult to manage there are a combination of alternatives that help women deal with pelvic disorders:  surgical, non-surgical or combined treatments can help alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms of pelvic disorders.  

The Howell Foundation is honored to have Dr. Emily Lucacz present “The Unmentionables: What Every Woman Should Know About Pelvic Health”.   In this highly informative presentation, Dr. Lukacz will discuss diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the common pelvic disorders, incontinence and prolapse. The talk will focus on both conservative and surgical treatment options for women faced with incontinence and prolapse including behavioral approaches to treatment.  

Please visit our website for more information.   Register as soon as you can, as seating is quickly filling up! 

About our Speaker

Dr. Emily Lucacz discusses Pelvic Disorders
Dr. Lukacz has completed three years of fellowship training in the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and joined the UC San Diego Women’s Pelvic Medicine Center in 2003. She focuses her efforts on evaluating and treating women with urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and other pelvic floor disorders. In addition to her strong commitment to improving quality of life for her patients, she is highly involved in teaching and clinical research activities so that she may provide the highest quality care. Her research interests include the evaluation of surgical procedures for stress incontinence and prolapse, as well as epidemiologic research on the causes of pelvic floor dysfunction.

“I most enjoy the daily personal interaction and the variety of women I work with. It is a true pleasure and privilege to help improve the quality of their lives.” 

Named a 2013 “Top Doc” in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” annual survey performed in collaboration with the San Diego County Medical Society, Dr. Lukacz enjoys tending to her large orchid collection and running with her husband and her dogs on the beach.

About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:
The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.

The organization does so by funding scholarships to scientists researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, researchers, and authors to convey the timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health. of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that will create women’s health awareness and advocacy in the community.


For more information about the Doris A. Howell Foundation, please visit 

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