Pelvic floor muscle function in a general population of women with and without pelvic organ prolapse

Marijke Slieker- ten Hove, A.L. Pool-Goudzwaard, MJ Eijkemans, R. P M Steegers-Theunissen, CW Burger, ME Vierhout

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This study aims to examine the relationship between pelvic floor muscle function (PFMF) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in a general female population.
Cross-sectional study on women aged 45-85 years. Validated questionnaires were used to assess pelvic floor muscle function. POP and PFMF were evaluated with vaginal examination. For statistical analysis chi-squared test for trend and analysis of variance were used.
Response rate to the questionnaire was 62.7% (1,869/2,979). No significant differences were found in muscle strength and endurance during voluntary muscle contraction between the POP stages. Women with POP stages I and II were significantly less able to achieve effective involuntary muscle contraction during coughing (38.3% and 37.7%) than women without POP (75.2%).
Involuntary contraction of the PFM during coughing (that resulted in stabilization of the perineum) was significantly weaker in the women with POP stage I and II than in the women without POP.
Original languageEnglish
Article number19936592
Pages (from-to)311-319
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2010


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