What is Urogynecology?

Urogynecology is an established specialty that focuses on female pelvic floor disorders – a combination of gynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Urogynecologists are OBGYNs who become specialists with additional years of fellowship training and certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).

Our Approach
What makes Urogynecology at Minnesota Women's Care special?

Urogynecology is a relatively new specialty and because of that, there are few providers in the Twin Cities in comparison to other medical specialties. Minnesota Women's Care has more board-certified urogynecologists on staff than any other practice. In addition, because of our commitment to providing the most personalized care to each of our patients, our providers offer a level of care that's distinctive in its own right.

Three Urogynecologists

Minnesota Women's Care has three urogynecologists on staff: Dr. Melvin Ashford, Dr. Kim Gerten and Dr. Emily Myer. The cumulative education and experience of this group of physicians is second to none.

Experience and Training

Each of our physicians brings a unique perspective to the care we offer.

Dr. Ashford was one of the first board certified urogynecologists in the state of Minnesota and has a 17-year track record of clinical and surgical

Dr. Gerten was the Director of Urognecology for Park Nicollet for 8 years. She has vast clinical experience and research history.

Dr. Myer completed her Urogynecology (Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery) fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD – one of the top three Urogynecology fellowships in the United States.

Patient Satisfaction

In addition to traditional services, Minnesota Women's Care offers a contemporary gynecological services such as laser therapy, RF energy services, and PRP to augment or fill in the gaps of traditional care. This results in extremely high patient satisfaction and success.

What our patients say:

Dr. Ashford is an excellent physician with impeccable surgical skills. I was so lucky to find him. 
Patient - St. Paul

What conditions are treated by Urogynecologists?

Urogynecology is the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders which involve the complex system of muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and nerves that help support and control the rectum, uterus, vagina, and bladder. Damage to the pelvic floor can occur for any number of reasons including childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease or surgery.

Women with pelvic floor disorders typically experience these kinds of symptoms:

Urinary incontinence: loss of bladder or bowel control with leakage of urine or feces

Prolapse: descent of pelvic organs; a bulge and/or pressure; “dropped” uterus, bladder, vagina or rectum

Emptying disorders: difficulty urinating or moving bowels

Pelvic pain: discomfort to the lower back, pelvis or bladder and/or urethra

Overactive Bladder: frequent need to void, bladder pressure, urgency, urge incontinence (difficulty holding back urine when having the urge to urinate)

Fistulas: abnormal hole between the vagina and rectum (recto-vaginal), vagina and urethra (urethrovaginal), or vagina and the bladder (vesicovaginal)

Remember: Surgery is NOT the only answer.

Our urogynecologists offer a number of non-surgical options that have helped many women find relief from troublesome symptoms. These treatments include in-house pelvic floor therapy, platelet-rich plasma injections, vaginal treatments (like Femilift, Thermiva and Geneveve), urethral bulking procedures, and Urgent PC. We’ll work with you to find the right solution.