Physician Referral Letter

To My Dear Patients and Referring Providers, I have been fortunate to be one of the few surgeons trained and now providing specialized transgender reconstructive surgery. Due to the volume of this specialty and also trying to balance the volume of my Urogynecology Center of San Francisco practice, I need to refocus and simplify my…

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Do I Need to See a Urogynecologist? Five Symptoms That Say ‘Yes’

A urogynecologist is a physician who is board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Urogynecologists are surgeons who specialize in the treatment and care of pelvic floor disorders, such as: Urinary and/or fecal incontinence Emptying disorders (bowel or otherwise) Overactive bladder Prolapse Pelvic pain Fistula Urogynecologists have additional education and training outside of…

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Can I Strengthen My Bladder on My Own?

Bladder control issues are more common than you would expect, and women within a fairly wide age range can struggle with weakened pelvic muscles and urinary incontinence. Poor bladder control can begin post-childbirth as well as during the pre- and postmenopausal years of a woman’s life. Of course, we encourage women experiencing incontinence to contact…

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How to Make the Most out of an Appointment at UGCSF

Visiting a urogynecologist may not be your favorite part of a to-do list, but if you are experiencing pain, discomfort or an interrupted daily routine due to unpleasant urogynecological symptoms, don’t put off a visit to Dr. Wittenberg at the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco. We’ve carefully designed an office experience that caters to our…

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The Questions Your Urogynecologist Wants You to Ask

Perhaps you’re visiting a urogynecologist because of an issue like incontinence or pelvic prolapse.  Perhaps you suspect uterine fibroids or you’re finally ready to tackle heavy menstrual bleeding. Regardless of what brings you to an appointment with Dr. Heidi Wittenberg of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco (UGCSF), there are questions you may hesitate to…

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UGCSF Patient Shares Her Experience with Interstitial Cystitis

A patient of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco recently detailed her experience with interstitial cystitis and how she is feeling post-diagnosis after trying a few different treatment plans. You can view the patients’ blog post here. We invite patients to learn more about interstitial cystitis, including how the condition differs from a urinary tract…

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Why Do Many Women Ignore Unpleasant Gynecological Symptoms?

Unfortunately, women of all ages are guilty of avoiding a visit to their provider when they’re experiencing unpleasant gynecological symptoms. Some hope that the symptoms will simply go away. Ignoring or wishing away a medical issue may be tempting (and easy to do!), but gynecological symptoms or changes to reproductive health are not in the…

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Uterine Fibroid Removal Q&A with Dr. Heidi Wittenberg

Dr. Heidi Wittenberg of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco recently performed da Vinci robotic surgery on a patient suffering from uterine fibroids. Dr. Wittenberg kindly agreed to a quick Q&A to explain uterine fibroid removal, why it was necessary and how the patient’s quality of life has drastically improved. Q: What kind of symptoms…

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Five Uterine Fibroid Symptoms That Are Often Ignored

Most women with uterine fibroids are unaware that they have them. Although it’s a common condition, uterine fibroids can go undiagnosed because they typically mimic other conditions like heavy menstrual bleeding, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis or simply severe PMS. Unfortunately, women believe that these symptoms are a part of the typical menstruation experience, meaning…

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