Impact of menopausal status on the outcome of pelvic floor physiotherapy in women with urinary incontinence
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Introduction and hypothesis
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training in pre- and postmenopausal women using a quality-of-life questionnaire.
We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 96 patients with urinary incontinence who participated in a pelvic floor muscle-training (PFMT) program at the Physiotherapy Department in a London University Hospital between January 2010 and August 2011.
A period of supervised PFMT resulted in significant improvement in symptoms of stress urinary incontinence, urge urinary incontinence, urgency, frequency, and nocturia, irrespective of menopausal status.
Pre- and postmenopausal women experience similar outcomes in relation to urinary symptoms following a short-term supervised PFMT.
KeywordsPelvic floor muscle training Premenopausal Postmenopausal Urinary incontinence
Pelvic floor muscle training
Pelvic floor muscle
Stress urinary incontinence
Urge urinary incontinence
International Consultation on Incontinence Modular Questionnaire/Female Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Hormonal replacement therapy
Body mass index
Conflicts of interest
Christiana Campani Nygaard, Ahmed A. Hafez, Erica Lewis and Ilias Chasiotis declares no conflicts of interest.
Cornelia Betschart, Sponsorship by Astellas, Allergan and Pfizer for participation in meetings.
Stergios K. Doumouchtsis, Sponsorship by Astellas and Pfizer for participation in meetings.
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