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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) has partnered with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," featuring UMMS specialists who will share their medical expertise with viewers all across the state of Maryland.

UMMS guests will appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7:30 p.m.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

Miss the show? You can catch the segments right here on this site. You can also see a list of upcoming guests and topics. We hope you'll tune in for "Your Health" with UMMS and MPT.

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"Women's Health: Pelvic Organ Prolapse"

Monday, May 22
7:30pm on MPT's Direct Connection "Your Health"

Pelvic organ prolapse is a women’s health issue often caused by childbirth, advancing age or being overweight. It happens when one or more organs in the pelvis shifts downward and bulges into or even out of the vaginal canal, often causing discomfort, pain and embarrassment. Often, women don’t report it, or wait until symptoms are unbearable before seeking treatment. How big of a problem is this, and what can be done about it?

Dr. Harry Johnson, urogynecologist at University of Maryland Medical Center, will be on Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection “Your Health” show tonight at 730 p.m. He will discuss the risk factors, symptoms and available treatments – and why women shouldn’t suffer in silence. 

  • We don’t know exactly what causes pelvic organ prolapse, but risk factors include pregnancy and childbirth, genetics, aging and obesity. Having given birth to two or more children is a significant risk factor.
  • Women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse may experience urinary or fecal incontinence, leakage or difficulty; vaginal dryness or irritation; lower back pain; and pain with sexual intercourse.
  • Women can reduce their risk of developing pelvic organ prolapse by maintaining a healthy body weight, not smoking, eating a high-fiber diet, exercising regularly, doing pelvic muscle exercises, and seeing your doctor for regular check-ups.
  • There are any treatment options available for pelvic organ prolapse including lifestyle modification, physical therapy, medication, medical devices and surgery.

Have a question about pelvic organ prolapse? Submit your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection Monday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. to see if your question is used on the show.

Dr. Harry Johnson
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction