PHILADELPHIA (April 18) – One out of three women in the United States (about 35 million) will experience pelvic health issues by the age of 60. A series of free educational health events called The Sisterhood Health Forums are helping to educate women around the country about these frequently misunderstood problems. The first stop on the nationwide tour is scheduled for Philadelphia on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center.
The Sisterhood Health Forums are presented by The Pelvic Health Foundation in conjunction with Medtronic, Hahnemann University Hospital, and Pelvic and Sexual Health Institute. The events feature expert speakers and educational booths. Wine, appetizers and dessert are served. To reserve a seat call 866-549-3250 or register online at www.SisterhoodHealthForum.com.
The goal of these events is to help women understand that they don’t have to live with the life-restrictions associated with conditions like overactive bladder (OAB), incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, menorrhagia, and fibroids.
“Since we started holding The Sisterhood Health Forums in 2006, every event has been booked to capacity,” said Dr. Raymond Bologna. “Clearly, women are looking for ways to learn more about pelvic health issues. The forums are providing a comfortable environment for women to get educated about these conditions. That’s why we decided to bring the forums to women across the U.S.”
Dr. Bologna is a urologist specializing in female pelvic medicine and the co-creator of The Accidental Sisterhood Progressive Plan, a self-healing therapy program that is highlighted at the forums. This conservative treatment plan, along with drug therapy and surgical treatment options, are included in the information presented to attendees.
Hahnemann University Hospital will also participate in the event to highlight specialized services offered to women in the Philadelphia area.
“Hahnemann is committed to enhancing community understanding of women’s health issues like those discussed at The Sisterhood Health Forum,” said Michael P. Halter, Chief Executive Officer of Hahnemann. “We are thrilled to participate in an event that is taking an active step in promoting pelvic health awareness.”
Continues Dr. Bologna, “Women don’t know the facts about what’s happening to them because they don’t talk about it – even with their physicians. Many women assume that this is what happens when you have kids and grow older. The Sisterhood Health Forums are helping to break down the barriers and get women talking about traditionally taboo topics.
“The forums allow us to reach thousands of women with information that will help them live fuller, happier lives. The women who attend laugh, cry, and hear the success stories of those who took the steps to deal with their pelvic health issues. There’s no better incentive to act than having firsthand accounts that prove solutions exist.”
About The Pelvic Health Foundation The Pelvic Health Foundation promotes health education and therapeutic initiatives for women, with special emphasis on improving female pelvic health through conservative, non-invasive therapies as a first line of treatment. With funds provided from private sources, the Foundation supports research and information programs to ensure that women recognize and understand the highly treatable and preventable nature of pelvic floor issues and get the help they need. For more information visit SisterhoodHealthForum.com.
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