Dedicated to the Health of the Female Pelvic Floor
The pelvic floor is one of the body's most interesting organ structures but unfortunately, also one of the least understood and most neglected.
Outside of health-care circles, the pelvic floor is virtually unknown and there are some physicians who have problems understanding and visualizing the pelvic floor. Despite its low profile, the pelvic floor plays a vitally important role in the human body's most intimate and reproductive functions. In women it is even more crucial to their health and happiness and is intimately involved in labor and delivery. With its central role in sexuality and childbirth, the female pelvic floor is most intimately concerned with femininity. In both men and women, the pelvic floor is also involved with excretory functions namely urination and defecation.
Unfortunately, the female pelvic floor is vulnerable to the development of numerous disorders, which can seriously affect an individual's quality of life. The main reasons for this are the specifics of female anatomy, aging and vaginal childbirth.
As a urogynecologist, I see women on a daily basis with pelvic floor disorders. Some of these include urinary and fecal incontinence, bladder, bowel or uterine prolapse, painful intercourse, and chronic pelvic pain. My practice is one hundred percent focused on the pelvic floor. I do not deliver babies, oversee pregnant patients, or deal with gynecological issues other than pelvic floor disorders. As a result, I can focus all my energy, time and effort on helping women with their pelvic floor problems.
In a complicated field like this, specialization is essential. I am a respected, nationally and internationally known expert in urogynecology and have been asked to be on faculty and give lectures across the globe. My practice is mainly clinical, although I am also an assistant professor at the University of Calgary teaching residents and Fellows, as well as contributing to research.
In my practice I strive to provide the best clinical and technological investigative and therapeutic tools available. The latest technological advancements include the extremely exciting introduction of laser technology for incontinence, vaginal laxity, mild to moderate prolapse, as well as vaginal atrophy. The laser might be of particular interest to women with atrophy who do not want or should not use any hormone products.
Most patients usually have difficulty understanding what is happening, how and why it happened, and what treatment options are available.
Through my years of practice, I have become acutely aware of the need to educate women about the existence of the pelvic floor and also the care of the pelvic floor. Fortunately the increasing emphasis on Women's Health over the last few years has helped, and there are now many medical forums and conferences dedicated to these issues. The various continence societies are also doing a great job in teaching and raising awareness. Yet, in spite of this I have still found a very low level of awareness regarding the pelvic floor. As a result, I have made it a mission to educate as many women as possible about their pelvic floor health.
I have co-authored two books, both published by Prometheus Books of New York, explaining the pelvic floor and the causes of it's disorders in detail. The whole idea is to make information regarding pelvic floor disorders accessible and understandable. These books will arm women with the knowledge and ability to understand their bodies better and will enable them to ask their health care providers questions regarding proposed or possible procedures and interventions that may be required. Women are encouraged to become involved in the decisions regarding childbirth and the point is made that an elective preventative cesarean birth may be the right decision for some women. We also argue that women should have the right to choose an elective cesarean birth if that is their wish.
The books are about more than just childbirth however. It would be of equal value to those women who already suffer from pelvic floor problems like incontinence, prolapse (sagging pelvic organs), or pelvic pain. These problems are discussed and illustrated in detail, and the treatment options are discussed thoroughly.
For a long time I've been irritated by consumer healthcare books and publications that seem to dismiss the reader's intelligence. In our books, my co-authors and I strive to arm women with information and courage to make decisions about their body; how they will bring their children into this world, as well as what treatment to demand and expect for pelvic floor disorders. There is no attempt to "whitewash" the problems as I so commonly observe in other books. The facts are given as they are, even if sometimes scary.
I sincerely hope that through my books, and through my practice, especially with my continued search for better and less invasive but still effective treatment options, I will be able to make a significant impact on the women who put their trust in me as physician, and whom I am privileged to call my patients.
Dr. Magnus Murphy MD