The St. Vincent Pelvic Health Program focuses on caring for those personal, hard-to-talk-about areas of women’s health. We offer personalized, compassionate care for:
Our services include is a high-quality, holistic approach to wellness. The Pelvic Health team will collaborate with your primary care physician and other specialists who specialize in women’s health to create a personalized treatment plan. We understand that pelvic issues can have a major impact on the quality of life. For this reason, there are different approaches to treatment based on different stages of life. Our goal is to help you reach your goals and improve your overall pelvic health and quality of life.
For information call 317-583-4437
Kathryn (Kate) A. Copeland, MD, MPH, Fellowship-Trained Urogynecologist
Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
For information call 765-646-8569
Jeffrey M. Blake, MD, FACOG, FPMRS
Board certified in OB/GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction – Including the diagnosis and treatment of incontinence, overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, and regional pelvic pain. Pelvic floor physical therapy is also available.
While 20-55% of women experience urinary incontinence, fewer than half seek medical care. We have the trained staff to help you manage and treat this condition and other conditions related to pelvic floor dysfunction.
Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome
Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause or Vaginal Atrophy
Female Sexual Dysfunction – Including vulvodynia, vaginismus and sexual pain, low desire, low arousal, and orgasmic disorders.
Sexuality Counseling – Cara Berg Raunick is the only certified sexuality counselor in Indiana.
Vaginal Dryness and Pain – MonaLisa Touch® therapy is available through the St.Vincent Pelvic Health Center.
Approximately 40% of women in the U.S. have concerns about their sexuality, and 12% report feeling distressed about it. Many women and healthcare providers report feeling uncomfortable discussing sexual health. At the Pelvic Health Center, we are committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental place for you to discuss and treat your concerns.
Vulvovaginal diseases – Including persistent vaginitis and vulvar skin disorders
One in four women experience vulvodynia (chronic vulvar pain) in their lifetime, and 60% will see three or more healthcare providers seeking diagnosis. Only 25% of women feel comfortable talking about these concerns with friends. At the Pelvic Health Center, we want you to feel comfortable discussing these challenging issues so we can help you improve your condition.
Trauma-informed Care Survivor Clinic – For the gynecologic health needs of survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence.
We understand how traumatic experiences affect health. Approximately 25% of women will be affected by sexual or intimate partner violence in their lives. This can be a significant risk factor for the development of pelvic floor dysfunction, sexual health concerns, and chronic pain. At the Pelvic Health Center, we understand the dynamics and potential health consequences of violence and will work with you to make a personal plan to help you move toward your health goals. The St.Vincent Pelvic Health Center is a safe place to talk about any trauma you have experienced or are dealing with now. We will work with you to minimize any distressing elements of the health care process and empower you to heal. Maintaining your confidentiality is very important, however, keep in mind that health care providers are required by law to report child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse of minors, and abuse or neglect of endangered adults.
To schedule an appointment with Cara Berg Raunick, DNP, WHNP-BC call 317-583-4437.
Prior to joining St. Vincent, Cara Berg Raunick’s experience beyond traditional nursing included supporting women and families during the childbearing years, working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence, counseling and teaching on relationship enhancement techniques, sexually transmitted infections, general sexuality and many areas of women’s health both professionally and through volunteer work.
Sexuality counselors use specific suggestions, accurate information, and problem solving techniques to work through sexuality concerns in a patient centered way. If an issue needs longer term or deeper intervention, referral to an AASECT certified sex therapist is often the next step.
“Sexuality is an important part of a person’s overall health,” said Berg Raunick. “Just like physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional health, sexual health deserves attention from your health care provider and from you. These issues are very personal and can be hard to talk about, but addressing them well can have a huge impact on quality of life.”
In her practice as a nurse practitioner at the St. Vincent Carmel Women’s Center, Berg Raunick sees patients for a variety of conditions including vulvovaginal disease, urinary incontinence/pelvic floor dysfunction, and female sexual health. She hopes that this unique certification will encourage more women to feel comfortable speaking to healthcare providers about their sexual health concerns.
The American Society of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (ASSECT) certifies sex therapists, counselors and educators after comprehensive academic preparation and documentation of extensive clinical experience in sexuality counseling and education.
A Certified Sexuality Counselor at the St. Vincent Pelvic Health Center assists women by “realistically resolving concerns through the introduction of problem solving techniques of communication, as well as, provides accurate information and relevant suggestions of specific exercises and techniques in sexual expression. Sexuality counseling is generally short-term and client-centered, focusing on the immediate concern or problem. AASECT certification is increasingly recognized as the guardian of professional standards in sexual health with its history of impeccable standards for training, experience and ethical behavior. To learn more visit www.aasect.org
Ask your primary care physician or OB /GYN about whether pelvic health PT may be right for you.
Call the Pelvic Health Center for more information, 317-583-4437.
Physical therapy is one of the greatest tools available to help with pelvic floor dysfunction and sexual health concerns. Pelvic floor dysfunction can occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak or tight or when a nerve is injured or joint impairment exists in the pelvic area.
Physical therapy can help to improve:
To make an appointment call 317-583-4437 for a free 15-minute consult.
Have you experienced changes in your vaginal health since menopause? Forty percent of post-menopausal women experience symptoms such as dryness, itching, burning, painful urination or pain during intercourse. When estrogen levels decline after menopause, many changes occur.
MonaLisa Touch laser treatment is a simple in-office procedure that delivers laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue to stimulate a healing response in the vaginal canal. This procedure takes less than five minutes. Some patients experience both immediate and lasting relief after one procedure, but the typical course of treatment involves three procedures during an 18 month period of time.
No anesthesia is involved and there are minimal side effects and patients can resume normal activities.
Q: What happens during treatment?
A: The procedure will seem similar to your annual exam, and will likely be even quicker. Your healthcare provider will insert the laser into your vagina and deliver laser energy pulses. The total procedure time is less than five minutes.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: The laser energy itself is virtually painless. Some patients report mild discomfort with the laser tip insertion during the first procedure if there is gynecologic dryness.
Q: How soon can I expect results?
A: Many patients have reported that they experience relief right away. Virtually all patients have experienced relief by the second treatment.
Q: How long does treatment last?
A: MonaLisa Touch provides lasting results. A once-a-year single treatment is recommended to maintain symptom relief.* This can be done quickly and conveniently during your annual checkup.
*Your doctor will determine with you if follow-up treatments are required.
Speak confidentially with our pelvic health nurse navigator. She is a registered nurse who can help guide you to the appropriate evaluation and treatment plan based on your needs. Call our pelvic health nurse navigator today at 317-583-4437.