International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 431–437

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

  • Shannon L. Slavin
  • Rebecca G. Rogers
  • Yuko Komesu
  • Tola Omotosho
  • Sarah Hammil
  • Cindi Lewis
  • Robert Sapien
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00192-009-1058-8

Cite this article as:
Slavin, S.L., Rogers, R.G., Komesu, Y. et al. Int Urogynecol J (2010) 21: 431. doi:10.1007/s00192-009-1058-8

Abstract

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).

Methods

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.

Results

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).

Conclusions

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

Keywords

Complementary alternative medicineFecal incontinencePelvic floor disordersPelvic organ prolapseUrinary incontinence

Copyright information

© The International Urogynecological Association 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shannon L. Slavin
    • 1
  • Rebecca G. Rogers
    • 2
  • Yuko Komesu
    • 2
  • Tola Omotosho
    • 2
  • Sarah Hammil
    • 2
  • Cindi Lewis
    • 3
  • Robert Sapien
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of New Mexico Health Sciences CenterAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of New Mexico Health Sciences CenterAlbuquerqueUSA
  3. 3.Christus St Vincent Regional Medical CenterSanta FeUSA
  4. 4.Department of Emergency Medicine and PediatricsUniversity of New Mexico Health Sciences CenterAlbuquerqueUSA