GHDB aims to improve women’s reproductive health by guiding and supporting gynecologic research and career development programs with the vision of a future in which women lead lives free of the effects of gynecologic disorders. The branch portfolio includes studies of healthy functioning endometrium and menstruation, as well as gynecologic disorders including endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids, and polycystic ovary syndrome. In addition to abnormal vaginal bleeding and pain throughout the reproductive lifespan, these disorders may affect fertility potential, delay pregnancy, and contribute to maternal morbidity and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
The branch has an interest in pelvic organ prolapse as well as urinary and fecal incontinence related to pelvic floor dysfunction. Obstetric fistula and female genital cutting, which affect international and U.S. immigrant communities, are also areas of interest.
- Voices for Pelvic Floor Disorders: Information for New Moms : NICHD grantees at the University of Utah worked with the American Urogynecology Society to create a series of videos and educational information about changes to pelvic floor health that new moms may experience. The information, available in English and Spanish, includes some common changes, possible symptoms, and tips for when to talk with a healthcare provider. The series also offers stories from moms about their experiences and the treatments that worked for them.
- How to Work Out Your Pelvic Floor (and Why Everyone Should) : Dr. Donna Mazloomdoost, program director of the NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, offers insight on the importance of a strong pelvic floor and suggestions for how women can improve their pelvic floor strength.
- Menstruation as a Diagnostic Tool for Women's Health (Podcast): GHDB program officer Dr. Candace Tingen spoke with NICHD Milestones about the science behind using a woman's menstrual cycle as a diagnostic tool.
- Gynecologic Health and Disease Research at NICHD: A Scientific Vision (PDF 2 MB)
Learn more about the scientific portfolio of the branch and its planned research directions.