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Pelvic Floor Dialogues — Issue 4 now available for your patients
Pelvic Floor Dialogues – Issue 4 is now available on VoicesforPFD.org. The newsletter is designed to update patients on the latest pelvic floor research and connect them to valuable resources.
Articles in Pelvic Floor Dialogues — Issue 4 include:
A copy of the current issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on VoicesforPFD.org. To subscribe or to request an email copy to send to your patients, please email email@example.com.
- Is it Time for a New OAB Med?
- Uh, Doc, I Think My Pessary Doesn't Fit
- Urinary Incontinence — A Global Problem for Moms-to-be
- Speaking of Kegels — When's the Last Time You Did "It" Standing Up?
- Researchers Identify Potential Causes of Severe Fecal Incontinence
Clinical and video urodynamic characteristics of adult women with dysfunctional voiding
Journal of the Formosan Medical Association via PubFacts
Dysfunctional voiding is an abnormality of bladder emptying in neurologically normal individuals where the external sphincter activity increases during voiding. This study investigated the clinical presentations and videourodynamic characteristics of adult women with DV. A total of 1,605 women with lower urinary tract symptoms were investigated with videourodynamic studies from 1997 to 2010. The clinical urinary symptoms and VUD characteristics of DV were compared with a group of urodynamically normal controls.
Improving the clinical prediction of detrusor overactivity by utilizing additional symptoms and signs to overactive bladder symptoms alone
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
Researchers in Australia attempted to improve the accuracy of the clinical diagnosis of detrusor overactivity by using other significant clinical parameters in addition to overactive bladder symptoms alone. A total of 1,140 women attending their initial urogynecological assessment, including urodynamics, due to symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, underwent a comprehensive clinical and urodynamic assessment. Multivariate logistic regression analysis of a wide range of clinical parameters was used to determine a model of factors most accurately predicting the urodynamic diagnosis of DO.
TOT Approach in stress urinary incontinence — outcome in obese female
There is little data available on the outcome of tension-free obturator tape procedures in overweight and obese women. In this study, researchers sought to verify the objective and subjective outcomes of TOT in women with a higher body mass index. They evaluated the records of 116 patients who had undergone TOT, stratifying by BMI into normal weight, overweight and obese groups.
Both the middle and distal sections of the urethra may be regarded as optimal targets for 'outside-in' transobturator tape placement
World Journal of Urology via Springer
Researchers in Poland sought to investigate whether the position of the tape under the urethra may influence "outside-in" transobturator sling outcome. The study comprised 141 women who underwent TOT for clinically and urodynamically proved stress urinary incontinence. The postoperative ultrasound examination with an endovaginal biplane probe was performed before discharging the patients from hospital. The measurements obtained described the position of the tape relative to the urethra and pubic symphysis, as well as anatomical relationships in the anterior compartment.
Prevalence, risk factors, quality of life, and healthcare seeking behaviors of female urinary incontinence: Results from the 4th Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey VI
International Neurourology Journal
The International Continence Society defines urinary incontinence as "the complaint of any involuntary leakage of urine." UI is an important health problem resulting in psychological, social, and hygienic impairment, thus affecting the lives of the patients as well as their family. However, there are no studies on the overall prevalence, risk factors, quality of life, and healthcare-seeking behaviors of women with UI in South Korea.
Streamlining biofeedback for urge incontinence
The aim of this study was to determine the important elements of biofeedback-assisted pelvic floor muscle exercises to treat urge incontinence. Urge suppression and pelvic floor muscle exercises were most beneficial. Responders can be identified early in treatment, allowing for fewer sessions.
Surge in narcotic prescriptions for pregnant women
The New York Times
Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, even though risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown. The reasons behind the surge in opioid use are unclear. Pregnancy has always entailed discomfort. A growing fetus may place pressure on the mother’s nerves, causing sciatica. Weight gain, posture changes and pelvic floor dysfunction all can result in discomfort and pain for mothers-to-be.
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