International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 94–97 | Cite as

Assessment of pelvic floor function: A series of simple tests in nulliparous women

  • J. M. Thorp
  • L. H. Jones
  • E. Wells
  • C. V. Ananth
Original Article

Abstract

The aim of the study was to assess normal ranges, variations, test-retest reliability and correlations between tests for a battery of simple, minimally invasive tests of pelvic floor function in nulliparous asymptomatic women. Women were recruited by advertisement and underwent dipstick urinalysis, simple cystometrics, provocative tests for incontinence, Q-tip test and surface electromyography with acrylic plug electrodes. Subjects were retested at a later date. Nineteen subjects underwent initial testing and 12 were retested. A wide range of normal values was obtained. Cystometric measures of first and strong urge to void the maximum bladder capacity, Q-tip test and rectal perineometry had significant correlations between the two visits. There were no significant between-test correlation coefficients. It was concluded that the simple tests used demonstrate a mixed ability to follow pelvic floor function longitudinally.

Keywords

Cystometrics Pelvic floor Urinary continence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Thorp
    • 1
  • L. H. Jones
    • 1
  • E. Wells
    • 1
  • C. V. Ananth
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.School of Public HealthUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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