06/20/2013 03:17 EDT | Updated 08/20/2013 05:12 EDT

New Saskatchewan program for women with pelvic floor problems to get help faster

REGINA - A new program is being launched to help women in Saskatchewan get faster help for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

The government says the pelvic floor pathway will give women with pelvic floor problems better access to the information, assessment and treatment.

Patient adviser Charlotte Hendren says many women find that it takes too long to see the right person and sort out what treatment they need.

The idea behind the pathway is to let women know their options to deal with symptoms sooner.

The first pelvic floor pathway clinic opened in April in Regina and clinics in other Saskatchewan communities are planned.

About 25 per cent of women have either urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, which is from damage to pelvic floor muscles from childbirth or other causes.

"Pelvic floor conditions are not life-threatening, but can have a serious impact on a woman's quality of life," said Dr. Corrine Jabs, head of obstetrics and gynecology with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region.

"Though these conditions can be embarrassing, we want women to know they have many options available to lessen or eliminate the symptoms. We have found that many women want health advice and a review of their options, including non-surgical options. They don't need to wait in line to see a specialist for this type of discussion to occur."