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. We are committed to partnering with you and will provide an individualized plan based on your goals in order to improve your health and wellbeing.
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 — 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. Referral to pelvic floor physical therapy is also available through our program.
Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome
Menopause (vaginal atrophy) – Women typically go through this “change of life” in their early 50s, but many women are experiencing menopause even earlier. Once you have stopped having regular menstrual cycles for 12 consecutive months, you are in menopause. There are options for managing these symptoms.
Female Sexual Dysfunction – 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. Our AASECT certified sexuality counselor (also a women’s health nurse practitioner) assists women by introducing communication skills, problem-solving techniques and providing accurate information and relevant suggestions of specific exercises and techniques in sexual expression. Sexuality counseling is generally short-term and patient-centered, focusing on the immediate concern or problem. To learn more about AASECT visit http://www.aasect.org.
Female sexual health concerns (vulvodynia, vaginismus, sexual pain, low libido, and orgasmic disorders) may be associated with other pelvic health conditions such as:
Vaginal Dryness and Pain – Through our Pelvic Health Program, we want you to feel comfortable discussing these challenging issues so we can help you improve your condition.
Our pelvic health team includes:
Dr. Kathryn A. Copeland shares information about our compassionate and comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating women with pelvic health and menopause concerns.
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. 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.