Pelvic issues can often have a major impact on a woman's lifestyle. Pelvic health problems affect more than one in every four women older than 40 in the United States. These problems can range from being inconvenient and embarrassing to debilitating and painful. Help is available through Norwalk Hospital.

To address these issues and solutions, Norwalk Hospital will hold a community health forum titled, "Women's Confidential: Pelvic Health, Real Solutions for Midlife Problems." The program will be held Wednesday, May 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Richard S. Perkin Auditorium of Norwalk Hospital. A multidisciplinary team of experts will discuss urinary incontinence, pelvic prolapse, pelvic pain, fibroids, bowel problems, sexual dysfunction, abnormal bleeding and endometriosis.

Featured speakers include Bat Sheva Marcus, LMSW, MPH, PhD, founder and clinical director of The Medical Center for Female Sexuality, who will discuss midlife sexuality; Adam Ofer, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist at Norwalk Hospital, who will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence; and Eliza Holland, MSN, Norwalk Hospital Nurse Midwifery Program, who will address pelvic therapy: tips to find the strength within.

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Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus earned her Ph.D. at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. She also holds a master's degree in social work from Columbia University, as well as a master's degree in public health. She has a long history of work with nonprofit and feminist organizations and has lectured internationally on women's issues. She has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows including CBS News, News 12 Westchester and Z100, and has appeared in the New York Times, Time Magazine and Westchester Magazine.

Dr. Adam Ofer is director of gynecology at Norwalk Hospital and a regional expert in gynecology and minimally-invasive surgical techniques. He was one of the first surgeons in Connecticut to utilize the da Vinci surgical system, which enables complicated procedures to be done through several dime-sized incisions. He has broad experience with the diagnosis and treatment of overactive bladder, urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. His approach to pelvic organ prolapse offers patients a variety of options with emphasis on minimal invasiveness and rapid recovery. DOfer received his MD degree from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse and completed his medical training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Eliza Holland, CNM, MSN, has degrees from Cornell University in reproductive physiology, bachelor's in nursing at Columbia and master's in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. As a midwife, she has spent her career helping women avoid unwanted drugs and surgery while getting the most out of the drugs and surgery that are necessary. Her strengths are patient engagement and empowerment for healing, and she is developing a cross-discipline model for pelvic floor therapy. Holland is a state and national level political activist in the area of women's health.

Norwalk Hospital's Women's Healthy Pelvis Center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of dedicated and compassionate professionals that help women develop an individualized plan and maps of care. The team includes board certified gynecologists, urologists and gastroenterologists. A navigator assists patients from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up care and support services in a seamless manner. The center also has a full team of integrated medicine specialists offering scientifically-based holistic therapies like massage, acupuncture and hypnosis as well as a sex therapy counselor. A pelvic health physical therapist is uniquely qualified to care for both the physical and emotional needs of patients and classes will be provided to help women take control of their pelvic health.

For more information and to register for this symposium, "Women's Confidential: Pelvic Health, Real Solutions for Midlife Problems," visit www.norwalkhospital.org and click on "Women's Confidential" under Norwalk Hospital News.