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Margery Gass, MD, is a board certified gynecologist who received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. Working in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Specialized Women’s Health, she is also the current Executive Director of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner. She completed her residency training at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her special interests include menopause, hormone therapy, female sexual function and osteoporosis.
In the Center for Specialized Women’s Health, we pursue leading edge therapies for women. There are several new FDA approved pelvic floor stimulators that are available for women with urine leakage and pelvic muscle weakness as well as fecal incontinence and mild degrees of pelvic organ prolapse. These new pelvic floor stimulation devices are custom-fit and use stimulation to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and inhibit overactive bladder muscles while giving visual biofeedback and audible guidance. Precise adjustments can be made to ensure effective muscle training. Some women, who have only stress urinary leakage, and/or are 6 weeks post-partum from vaginal delivery, may need simpler devices and all therapies can be done in the comfort and privacy of one’s home. These devices can complement or in many cases be used instead of surgery or medications.
Menopause, Female Sexual Dysfunction, Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, Pelvic Electrical Stimulation device therapy for urinary leakage and female sexual dysfunction Menopause, Female Sexual Dysfunction
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