International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 234–238 | Cite as

The effect of pelvic floor training on sexual function of treated patients

  • Nezihe Kizilkaya BejiEmail author
  • Onay Yalcin
  • Habibe Ayyildiz Erkan
Original Article


The aim of this study was to determine the effects of improvements in urinary incontinence resulting from pelvic floor rehabilitation on the sexual function of patients. The study involved 42 clinic patients who received pelvic floor rehabilitation treatment. Their sexual histories were obtained through face-to-face interviews. Pelvic muscle strength was measured with a perineometer. Improvement in incontinence was measured with the pad test. Seventeen women reported decreased sexual desire before the treatment; 5 of these indicated improvement after treatment. Nine of 17 women who experienced dyspareunia prior to treatment reported an improvement afterwards, and four women reported complete relief from pain. Five of 15 women who complained of difficulty in reaching climax before the treatment experienced improvement in this area. In conclusion, an improvement in sexual desire, performance during coitus and achievement of orgasm were observed in women who received pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation. No change was seen in the arousal and resolution stages of sexual activity.


Pelvic floor rehabilitation Sexual function Urinary incontinence 



Functional electrical stimulation



This work was supported by the Research Fund of the University of Istanbul. Project number: B-572/17072000.


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© International Urogynecological Association 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nezihe Kizilkaya Beji
    • 1
    Email author
  • Onay Yalcin
    • 2
  • Habibe Ayyildiz Erkan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Obstetric and Gynecologic Nursing, Florence Nightingale College of NursingIstanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyIstanbul University Medical FacultyIstanbulTurkey

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