Fast Facts on Pelvic Health

  • An estimated 4 to 25 percent of women have chronic pelvic pain, but only about a third of them seek medical care. It is also one of the most common reasons American women see a physician, accounting for 10 percent of gynecologic office visits, up to 40 percent of laparoscopies and 20 percent of hysterectomies in the United States. (1)
  • An estimated 11 to 19 percent of women will undergo surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse or urinary incontinence by age 80 to 85, and 30 percent of them will require an additional surgery to correct the problem. (1)
  • Approximately 20 to 30 percent of women suffer from some degree of prolapse according to estimates from Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and one in 11 women (most of them over age 40) will require surgery for it, according to estimates from the Mayo Clinic. (2)
  • Endometriosis effects one in 10 women, which is more than 5 million women in the U.S. It can affect any women from the teen years up to menopause, but it’s most common in women in their 30s and 40s. (2)
  • Although many women have no symptoms and require no treatment about 30 percent of U.S. women between the ages of 25 and 44 have fibroids. By age 50, that rises to as high as 70 percent in Caucasian women, and 80 to 90 percent in African-American women. After menopause, fibroids often shrink. (2)
  • A quarter to a third of men and women in the U.S. suffer from urinary incontinence. That means millions of Americans. About 33 million have overactive bladder (also known as OAB representing symptoms of urgency, frequency and with or without urge incontinence. (1)
  • It is estimated that sexual dysfunctions occur in 43 percent of women in the United States. (1)
  • Pain during or after intercourse, called dyspareunia, occurs in nearly two out of three women at some time during their lives. (1)



  1. National Women’s Health Resource Center
  2. Women’s Health Foundation