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Dr. Mary South, MD

maryDr. Mary South is a leading expert in Urogynecology, more formally described as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. An Obstetrician Gynecologist by training, Dr. South focuses on pelvic floor disorders and the procedures and surgical management to treat the challenges that many women face.

A native Ohioan, Dr. South is a graduate of the College of Wooster (’96) and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (’01). She completed residency and fellowship at the University of North Carolina and Duke University, and went on to start her own joint fellowship program to support the next generation of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery specialists at the University of Cincinnati. During fellowship and beyond, Dr. South has published various peer-reviewed journal articles and review articles. She has also contributed chapters to several books, including Overactive Bladder and Nocturia and Continence: Current Concepts and Treatment Strategies, and presented award-winning educational videos on surgical techniques at national medical conferences.

Dr. South is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and is currently on the medical staff at Summa Akron City Hospitals.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Urge Control

March 20, 2017 | Dr. Mary South, MD


Education is key in caring for our bodies. Sometimes what we think is the best thing to do for our bodies is really the worst thing we could do…a small amount of reliable information can go a long way.

I remember trying to lose weight after having one of my kids and eating a low-fat diet. Read more

Sex and Your Pelvic Floor

January 27, 2017 | Dr. Mary South, MD


As Valentine’s Day approaches, we may find ourselves or our partners in a more amorous mood. Quite frankly, sexual intercourse or being intimate is a very important way for a couple to connect and to feel close. However, some women tell me that they have lost some of the sensation they used to experience during sex or that they feel they are “too loose” after giving birth to their children. Read more

An Interview with Patty Brisben: Sexual Resolutions

January 3, 2017 | Dr. Mary South, MD


Patty Brisben, the founder of Pure Romance and driving force behind the Patty Brisben Foundation, empowers women every day by teaching sexual health as a journey.

Much like the Accidental Sisterhood, Patty’s goal is to make information readily available to women when they need it most; the Foundation also adds to the growing database of research for physicians on sexual health issues. Read more

What is the Pelvic Floor?

| Dr. Mary South, MD

We talk a lot about “the pelvic floor” but what is “the pelvic floor” exactly? When we refer to the pelvic floor, we are specifically referring to three pairs of muscles, called the levator ani muscles. These muscles attach to the pelvic bones and need to be strong because they carry the weight of the abdominal and pelvic organs and have about the thickness of a hand stretched across the inferior opening of the pelvis. Read more