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Take Control

Don’t let abdominal or pelvic symptoms disrupt your life

Painful sex, loss of bladder control, chronic constipation, persistent pelvic discomfort — problems like these disrupt women’s lives.

Yet many women suffer silently, sometimes for years.

“Often women are too embarrassed to bring these problems to a doctor’s attention, or they are unaware that remedies exist,” says physiatrist Sheila Dugan, MD, codirector of the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

These symptoms can severely diminish the quality of a woman’s life — for instance, by making intimacy with a partner more stressful than comforting.

If you’re not living your life fully — either because of a diagnosed condition or an unidentified one — let your doctor know. This is often the crucial first step toward relief.

One resource to turn to is the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health, where a multidisciplinary team can test for serious underlying health problems and successfully treat disruptive abdominal and pelvic conditions, such as fibroids, endometriosis and urinary infections.

Available treatments include the following:

  • Physical therapy and minimally invasive surgery to treat weakened or inflamed pelvic muscles that can cause incontinence and sexual problems
  • Drug therapy to control disabling pain
  • Psychological support to ease the emotional stress your symptoms may trigger

To make an appointment with the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health at Rush, call (312) 942-7274.


  • Read “Tummy Trouble“ for information about what a stomachache may be telling you.

Program for Abdominal
and Pelvic Health
at Rush

The specialist team at the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health includes, colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists, gynecologists, physiatrists (rehabilitative and physical medicine specialists), physical therapists, psychologists, radiologists, urogynecologists and urologists. These teams work closely together in a coordinated effort to provide the outstanding care that is the hallmark of Rush.

At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, our team is on the leading edge of advances in medicine, whether it’s a new minimally invasive technique or a novel drug. Because Rush is an academic medical center, our patients benefit from all of the latest innovations, including some that are unavailable anywhere else in the world.

For more information about the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health at Rush visit their Web site at www.rush.edu/paph.

Or phone the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health at (312) 942-7274.

Our program manager will guide patients through the program and discuss the patients' symptoms with them to determine the appropriate specialists for each patient.

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