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Check Up 13

Welcome to Check Up 13, in partnership with Ascension St. Vincent

WTHR and co-anchor and health reporter Anne Marie Tiernon have partnered with Ascension St. Vincent, part of Ascension, one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., on an initiative called Check Up 13. The goal of Check Up 13 is to educate and encourage Indiana residents to take a proactive role in their own health. Check Up 13 includes news stories that will air on the 13th of every month during WTHR's Health Beat segment. The monthly program will highlight providers and patient success stories at Ascension St. Vincent and focus on the health topic screening, event or promotion for that month.

Please read the details about this month's Check Up 13 below. On the 13th of each month, you can register by filling out the form at the bottom of the page or by calling 866-UCHECK13 (866-824-3251)

Bladder, pelvic pain, or menopause issues? How to stop dealing with it and start treating it

May marks pelvic pain awareness month

Chronic pelvic pain is any pelvic pain that lasts for more than six months. It can be caused by problems not connected to menstruation or underlying disease. For example, many women live with persistent urinary incontinence, sexual pain, or pain associated with menopause.

If you're experiencing chronic pelvic pain, you are not alone and Ascension St. Vincent physicians are offering a special opportunity to learn about diagnoses and treatments to relieve the pain and return you to a normal life.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, and one of the most common pelvic pain issues our specialists see at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital. Sometimes people leak small amounts of urine while exercising, when they cough or sneeze, after they think they've emptied their bladder, or with an urge to urinate that comes with no warning.

Urinary incontinence isn't an inevitable effect of aging and can be treated with lifestyle or dietary changes, medicine, or medical procedures. If your bladder issues are causing you to make adjustments to your daily life, it's time to see a doctor to find the cause and a solution.

Common causes of urinary incontinence include:

  • Certain beverages including alcoholic, caffeinated, or carbonated drinks
  • Certain spicy or acidic foods, or those with artificial sweeteners or chocolate
  • Heart and blood pressure medications, sedatives, and muscle relaxants
  • Tobacco use
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Constipation
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Aging of the bladder muscle
  • Menopause
  • Obstructions like tumors or urinary stones
  • Neurological disorders like Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, a stroke, a brain tumor, or a spinal injury

Your doctor may complete a urinalysis to test your urine, ask you to keep a bladder diary, conduct a pelvic ultrasound, or test the capacity of your bladder before prescribing a treatment. Treatments for urinary incontinence include:

  • Bladder training
  • Fluid and diet management
  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises
  • Medications including oral pills and topical creams
  • Medical devices including a urethral insert or pessary
  • Surgical procedures like a bladder sling, bladder neck suspension, prolapse repair, or artificial urinary sphincter

Our gynecologists at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital are prepared to help you learn more about your options for pelvic pain relief through free seminars in this month's WTHR Check Up 13. Many people say they're too embarrassed to discuss these common issues, and an informational seminar may be just what you need to learn how you can put your pelvic pain in the past. You can attend in-person or virtually.

Seminars include:

  • "Leaky Pipes": Addressing incontinence, its inconveniences, and life-changing interventions.
  • "Lost That Lovin' Feeling": Addressing decreased libido, painful intercourse, interstitial cystitis, vaginismus, and other pelvic pain issues that affect your relationships.
  • "Is It Hot In Here?": Addressing menopause and the many changes for women in the way menopause is dealt with and treated.

To sign up for a seminar, you can call the Ascension St. Vincent CARELine at 866-UCHECK13 (866-824-3251) or by filling out the form on May 13th, found below.

Seminars include:

  • "Leaky Pipes" - addressing female incontinence
    • Saturday June 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Ascension St. Vincent Women's Center - 13420 N Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032
    • Thursday July 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Ascension St. Vincent Women's Center - 13420 N Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032
  • "Lost That Lovin' Feeling" - addressing libido changes or sexual discomfort
    • Saturday August 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Ascension St. Vincent Women's Center - 13420 N Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032
  • "Is It Hot In Here?"- addressing menopause
    • Thursday June 23, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Ascension St. Vincent Fishers Hospital - 13861 Olio Road, Fishers, IN 46037