Submitted by Providence Health Services

One in four women suffer with Pelvic Floor Disorder (PFD), and most struggle with more than one. The good news: Bladder control and pelvic floor disorders are no longer subjects to avoid or ignore. They are common, and most important, treatable.

Providence Dr Amy OBoyle
On December 5, urogynecologist Amy O’Boyle, MD, FACOG, FACS presenting at St. Martin’s University. Photo courtesy: Providence Medical Services

Providence Medical Group’s Dr. Amy O’Boyle will present an overview of the most common PFD’s that women suffer from and the treatment options available to them, during her presentation Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Worthington Center at St. Martin’s University.


Dr. O’Boyle is a board certified Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeon, aka urogynecologist,, who recently joined the Providence Medical Group and is now accepting patients at Olympia Urology, 149 Lilly Road. She earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans; complete her OBGYN residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego; and subspecialty training in urogynecology during her fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma.

“I hope we can have a conversation,” said Dr. O’Boyle about the Dec. 5 event. “I don’t want this to be something where I stand on a podium and spew out facts and figures. I want this to be a comfortable evening where we can talk about this issue and people can feel comfortable asking me questions.”

PFDs are a group of conditions that affect the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor includes the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue in the lowest part of the pelvis. It supports organs, including the bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum. The pelvic floor prevents these organs from falling down or out of your body. It also helps the organs function properly.

Common PFDs include:

  • Urinary incontinence (bladder control or urine leakage) which affect women and men, but is twice as common in women and impacts nearly 50 percent of women
  • Pelvic organ prolapse, or POP, is the dropping of the pelvic organs caused by the loss of normal support of the vagina
  • Fecal incontinence (bowel control problems) which impacts one in 12 people
  • Flatal incontinence (the involuntary loss of gas)
  • Constipation (straining to pass bowel movements)

Women’s Services Community Talk

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 6 – 8 p.m., St. Martin’s University – Worthington Center, featuring Dr. Amy O’Boyle. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. Register online HERE or call 360-827-8656.

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