In honor of National Bladder Health Awareness Week, Cartersville Ob/Gyn Associates will host a free educational seminar on pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), on Tues., Nov. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, 122 W. Main St., in the Anheuser-Busch Room. The “Break Free From PFDs” event will feature: information on the symptoms and treatment options for PFDs, including bladder and bowel control problems and pelvic organ prolapse; testimonials from women who have overcome PFDs; a demonstration of therapeutic exercises; and complimentary refreshments.
According to Dr. Hugo Ribot, Jr., managing partner of Cartersville Ob/Gyn and keynote speaker for the event, the seminar is part of a national campaign launched this fall by the PFD Alliance. The campaign aims to raise public awareness about PFDs, and to empower female sufferers to seek treatment for their problem.
“One in three U.S. women have a PFD, but most are embarrassed to talk about it or to get treatment,” explains Ribot. “These women don’t have to suffer in silence. There are simple, readily available solutions that can literally free them from a life of discomfort or worry.”
To attend the “Break Free From PFDs” event, register online by Nov. 11 at: www.breakfreefrompfds.org/events, or call 770-386-4824.
Cartersville Ob/Gyn Associates has been a recognized leader in women’s healthcare since its 1984 founding. It was the first ob/gyn practice in the Cartersville/northwest Georgia area to offer obstetric patients collaborative midwifery/physician care; to provide non-invasive sterilization; and to introduce minimally invasive surgical procedures for hysterectomy and many other common gynecological conditions. It also is the only ob/gyn practice in Georgia with an onsite, fully accredited outpatient surgery center—the Georgia Advanced Surgery Center for Women—for performing all major and minor gynecological/pelvic procedures, including incontinence treatment and pelvic organ prolapse repair. For more information, visit www.cartersvilleobgyn.com andwww.ga-advancedsurgerycenter.com.
The PFD Alliance was formed in September 2011 to bring together the expertise and resources of various partners across advocacy, professional medical organizations, health providers and scientific discovery corporations to increase awareness of PFDs and their non-surgical and surgical treatment options. The founding members of the PFD Alliance include the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), The Foundation for Female Health Awareness, Boston Scientific Corporation and Merck Consumer Care. For more information, visit: www.voicesforpfd.org/BreakFree.
Bladder Health Awareness Week is a national health advocacy week, occurring every year during the second full week in November. For more information, visit: http://www.bladderhealthawareness.org/about-bladder-health-week/.
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