World Journal of Urology

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 429–435

Accuracy of concepts in female pelvic floor anatomy: facts and myths!

Topic paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00345-011-0777-x

Cite this article as:
Fritsch, H., Zwierzina, M. & Riss, P. World J Urol (2012) 30: 429. doi:10.1007/s00345-011-0777-x


The pelvic floor is characterized by a complex morphology because different functional systems join here. Since a clear understanding of the pelvic floor region is crucial for female pelvic surgery and fundamental mechanisms of urogenital dysfunction and treatment, we here describe the accurate and functional anatomy of important pelvic structures and landmarks, clarify their terminology and point out possible errors or misunderstandings as to their existence.


Female pelvic floor Subperitoneal connective tissue Fascia, septum and ligament Nerve vessel guiding plates 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Clinical and Functional Anatomy, Department of Anatomy, Histology and EmbryologyMedical University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Obstetrics and Gynecology, Landesklinikum Thermenregion MödlingMödlingAustria

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