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Lora Plaskon, MS, MD


Specialties
  • Urology
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Accepting New Patients
Athena Women's Health
6520 226th PL SE
Suite 205
Issaquah 98027
425-392-8611
425-392-9012

General Information


Biography
Lora Plaskon, MD, is a founding member of Athena Women’s Health, and came to her avocation in the spirit of developing a unique place for women’s pelvic health care. Her Midwestern candor, intuition, and clinical acumen has enabled her to be an astute caregiver for women’s most intimate pelvic health issues. She is dedicated to the ongoing evolution of improving women’s healthcare in research and advocacy at a national level through her work with the American Urogynecologic Association and American Urology Association. Dr. Plaskon is an engineer, surgeon, epidemiologist, mother, wife, dog-lover, and an avid hiker and explorer of the Pacific Northwest.
Specialties
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Urology
Education Background
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, 1995
Residency: University of Washington
Fellowship: National Institute of Health
Languages
  • English
Professional Associations
American Urologic Association; American Urogynecologic Society, Internatinal Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health
Personal Interests
Dr. Lora Plaskon and her husband, General Surgeon Dr. Brian Plaskon, volunteer in medical missions bringing care to the underserved. Along with her two children and dogs they enjoy hiking in the mountains and exploring the coastal waters of the Northwest.

Publications

Research

Research topics at Athena include women's urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic floor dysfunction. There are multiple clinical studies ongoing at Athena; please call to inquire 425-392-8611.

Blog

Bladder drips and gullywashers improve after anti-incontinence surgery

September 02, 2015
When a woman has bothersome bladder leakage and is seeking to get her bladder back under her control, the first thing her provider will diagnose is whether the leakage is stress-type incontinence ("drips" small amount of urine with cough, sneeze, exercise), or urge-type incontinence (loses large volume of urine, "gullywashers" soaking pads and clothing). Stress-type drip patterns are more common, but urge incontinence can put a huge dent in your quality of life and can be terribly bothersome. Urge incontinence is also called overactive bladder, and may involve a spectrum of symptoms with urinary frequency, urgency, and leakage. Many women have a combination of symptoms and both types of leakage patterns, i.e. mixed-incontinence, and this situation can pose a dilemma to providers since the treatments for stress or urge incontinence are different - which to treat first?

Eating organic may help prevent UTIs

August 18, 2015
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common and becoming harder to treat due to antibiotic resistant bacteria. Where are these resistant bacteria coming from? Overuse of oral antibiotics for any suspected infection has historically been thought to be a culprit, but now there's increasing evidence that resistant bacteria are coming from the global food chain, and in particular the poultry industry. Antibiotics are commonly used in poultry feed on chicken farms to reduce the risk of E.coli infections. Drug-resistant E.coli UTIs are increasing in women who are otherwise healthy and living in the community and have no other risk factors for developing drug-resistant infections. There is increasing evidence that drug-resistant E.coli from antibiotic-treated chicken meat, then ingested by women, may contribute to the emergence of drug-resistant community-acquired UTIs.

What is a Urogynecologist and FPMRS Physician?

June 29, 2015
Doctors called urogynecologists diagnose and treat women with pelvic floor disorders which may include bothersome bowel, bladder or sexual symptoms. Although your primary care physician, gynecologist, or urologist may have knowledge about women's pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), an urogynecologist offers expertise in treating women's PFDs.

Dealing with Vaginal Prolapse

May 13, 2015
Women's bodies change with time, and as I advise my patients, it takes conscientious effort to counteract gravity, aging, and time's effects on our bodies. One of our most vulnerable places for feeling the pull of gravity over time, is our vaginal support. When the vaginal supports fail, this is called vaginal prolapse, or pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

How much water should I be drinking?

February 11, 2015
"How much water should I be drinking?" is one of the most common questions I get and the answer I give is "enough to keep you urine flowing and generally a light yellow color".

The old advice of 8-10 glasses of water a day is with the caveat if you aren't eating food - you have to consider the fluids in your food as part of your daily water intake - so 8-10 glasses a day is too much water for most of us.

Most active women who are ...

Bladder control problems are not a normal part of aging

January 14, 2015
I remember hearing a lecture about 15 years ago, learning that by the year 2020 there will be more adults in diapers than babies!

It was hard to imagine that day back in 2000, but shopping in my local drugstore I realize that day is upon us. There is a whole double aisle dedicated to "Adult Continence Products" and only a quarter of the floor space dedicated to baby diapers. There is a tsunami wave of baby boomers, and bladder control is a big deal for many of us.

Over half of American women over 50 years old have some daily bother with bladder control - we are in the midst of an epidemic and women need to know this isn't a normal part of aging. Many women ...

Frequently asked questions about pelvic health

December 18, 2014

I recently participated in a live chat with Swedish to answer questions that women had on urine leakage, bladder control treatments, pelvic floor disorders, and other pelvic health topics.

Click here to read through the archive of the chat. I also wanted to answer a few other questions I get asked, but didn't come up in the chat:

Clinical Experience

Specialties
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Urology
Clinical Interests
  • Bladder Problems
Athena Women's Health
6520 226th PL SE
Suite 205
Issaquah, 98027
425-392-9012