By David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal

It started nearly 10 years ago, after Gillian Eccles had her first child. She’d cough, sneeze, laugh, run or play soccer, and urine would leak.

Physical therapy and a supportive device provided limited help. In January, she tried surgery — and now is happy to be leak-free.

"I can run now without thinking about it," said Eccles, 46, of Madison, whose sons are 9 and 7.

Women with urinary incontinence, accidental bowel leakage or pelvic organ prolapse can now go to a UW Health clinic that focuses on a newly recognized medical subspecialty: female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, also known as urogynecology.

Many women develop the conditions after childbirth or from aging, said Dr. Heidi Brown, one of four surgeons at the new Women’s Pelvic Wellness Clinic, open two days a month at UW Hospital.

"As we get older and our muscles get weaker and everything sags a bit, the same thing happens to our pelvic floor," Brown said.

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Women's Pelvic Wellness Clinic

UW Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792
(608) 263-8264
(800) 323-8942

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