, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 431-437
Date: 05 Dec 2009

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in women with pelvic floor disorders: a cohort study

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Introduction and hypothesis

The objective of this study was to compare complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in women with and without pelvic floor disorders (PFD).


We conducted a survey of women presenting to a specialty urogynecology (Urogyn) and gynecology (Gyn) clinic that examined demographic data, CAM use, and the presence of PFD (validated questionnaires). T tests, Fisher’s exact tests, and logistic regression were used for analysis. To detect a 20% difference between groups, 234 Urogyn and 103 Gyn patients were needed.


Participants included 234 Urogyn and 103 Gyn patients. Urogyn patients reported more CAM use than Gyn patients, even when controlled for differences between groups (51% vs. 32%, adjusted p = 0.006). Previous treatment (61% vs. 39%, adjusted p < 0.001) and increased number of PFD was associated with increased CAM use (adjusted p = 0.02).


Women with PFD use CAM more frequently than women without PFD.