Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) is a global term used to encompass urinary and anal incontinence, lower urinary tract symptoms, urogenital prolapse and genitourinary symptoms of the menopause.
PFD is a common condition which is known to increase with age and affects millions of women leading to a significant impairment in terms of Quality of Life. In addition, whilst the PFD is common many women may suffer in silence without seeking medical assistance.
In order to treat patients adequately, specialists must have a profound understanding and knowledge of pelvic floor disorders that may not achieved in general training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G). Many clinicians across the European Union recognise that they do not have adequate knowledge of urogynaecology and therefore lack confidence when managing women with pelvic floor dysfunction. At present only a few countries in Europe provide dedicated subspecialty training in urogynaecology to Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
The EUROPEAN UROGYNAECOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (EUGA) is an organisation whose aim is to facilitate awareness, learning and study of all aspects of pelvic floor dysfunction in women. Through the Annual Scientific meeting, CME-accredited training courses and other Europe-wide professional networking opportunities, the aim of EUGA is to promote the subspecialty of Urogynaecology throughout Europe.
The EDUCATION COMMITTEE is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with affiliated societies, in order to promote joint educational courses and activities to further the knowledge of urogynaecology including public awareness, prevention, diagnosis and management of all aspects of pelvic floor dysfunction.