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Last call to renew your AUGS dues
Membership benefits will expire on March 31, 2015 for anyone who has not renewed their dues for 2015! As the leader in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, AUGS is committed to advancing the highest quality patient care through excellence in education, research and advocacy. Your continued membership in AUGS is vital to our ability to accomplish this mission and continue to make an impact in the lives of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders.

To renew your membership online, visit If you require a paper invoice to renew, please contact AUGS at

After you have completed the dues renewal process, please check your membership profile to verify that all contact and demographic information is correct and make any necessary updates so that other members and potential patients have the information they need to reach you. By keeping your member profile up-to-date, you are guaranteed access to all of the exclusive benefits an AUGS membership offers.
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There is still time to submit an abstract for PFD Week 2015
AUGS is accepting submissions for 2015 abstracts for inclusion at the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting, PFD Week, in Seattle, Washington from Oct. 13-17, 2015.

Submissions are due by April 2, 2015. For more information or to submit your abstract, click here.

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Open Call Peer Review project
In an effort to expand the universe of research viewpoints expressed in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal editors are launching an innovative pilot project: Open Call Peer Review!

Although the process for researchers to submit their latest papers to Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is simple, the reviews are by invitation-only. In an effort to reach out to everyone in the FPMRS community, the journal editors are opening up the peer review process. Open Call Peer Review aims to incorporate new reviewers—and their unique perspectives—into the article selection process of our journal.

As this is a pilot project, only authors who consent to this process will have their papers included in the Open Call Peer Review project. Participation is entirely voluntary. Please note that only manuscript titles will appear on this blog; author names will not be posted nor will the manuscript itself. The manuscript titles will be posted as they become available for peer review.

Readers who are interested in becoming reviewers for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery are invited to peruse the posted manuscript titles for the Open Call Peer Review project and email Alfred Bent at In your email please include:
  • Title of the manuscript that you wish to review
  • Prior peer reviewing experience
  • Areas of expertise
  • Conflicts of interest
  • CV as attachment
Requests will be evaluated and responded to on a first-come first-served basis.

Please check this blog often for new titles posted to the Open Call Peer Review project! You can also subscribe to the RSS feed on the journal website to get news of new manuscript titles.

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Add-back therapy with GnRH analogues for uterine fibroids
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews via Wiley
Uterine fibroids are the most common benign pelvic tumors among women. They may be asymptomatic, or may be associated with pelvic symptoms such as bleeding and pain. Medical treatment of this condition is limited and gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogues are the most effective agents. Long-term treatment with such agents, however, is restricted due to their adverse effects. The addition of other medications during treatment with GnRH analogues, a strategy known as add-back therapy, may limit these side effects. There is concern, however, that add-back therapy may also limit the efficacy of the GnRH analogues and that it may not be able to completely prevent their adverse effects.
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Impact of different body positions on bioelectrical activity of the pelvic floor muscles in nulliparous continent women.
BioMed Research International via PubMed Central
We examined pelvic floor muscles activity in 20 nulliparous women by body position during exercise as well as the activation of abdominal muscles and the gluteus maximus during voluntary contractions of the PFMs. Pelvic floor muscle activity was recorded using a vaginal probe during five experimental trials. Activation of transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis and gluteus maximus during voluntary PFM contractions was also assessed. Significant differences in mean normalized amplitudes of baseline PFM activity were revealed between standing and lying and lying and ball-sitting positione.
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ALLERGAN is continuing to research and develop new treatments for urogynecologists and urologists. In fact, that devotion is demonstrated by our considerable investment to address the continuum of care for patients with Overactive Bladder.

Psychosomatic aspects of urinary incontinence in women
Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde via PubMed Central
Urinary incontinence in women is a common problem. With increasing age its prevalence and severity of its manifestations increase. Among nursing home residents the frequency is between 43 and 77  percent, 6 to 10  percent of all admissions to nursing homes are due to urinary incontinence. The risk for urinary incontinence among women with cognitive deficits is 1.5- to 3.4-fold higher than for women without mental disorders.
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Refractory overactive bladder: A common problem?
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
Unsatisfactory treatment outcome sometimes is described as frequently occurring in patients treated with first-line therapy for overactive bladder. The present article reviews the different circumstances which may result in failure to respond to lifestyle interventions, behavioral therapy and/or antimuscarinic treatment.
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Office-based Neuromodulation for OAB
Leslie Wooldridge, GNP-BC, explains how to deliver Urgent® PC in an efficient way with shared or staggered treatments. To view the practice tip: CLICK HERE
Lantheus Proven Success
Discovering, developing and marketing innovative medical imaging agents provides a strong platform from which to bring forward new breakthrough tools for the diagnosis and management of disease.

Association of antepartum vitamin D levels with postpartum pelvic floor muscle strength and symptoms
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
Vitamin D affects skeletal muscle strength and functions via various mechanisms. Strength and/or functional dysfunctions of the pelvic floor muscles may be associated with the distortion of pelvic floor functions. We hypothesized that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction by affecting pelvic floor muscle strength. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy on postpartum PFMS.
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Pelvic surgical site infections in gynecologic surgery
Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology via PubMed Central
The development of surgical site infection remains the most common complication of gynecologic surgical procedures and results in significant patient morbidity. Gynecologic procedures pose a unique challenge in that potential pathogenic microorganisms from the skin or vagina and endocervix may migrate to operative sites and can result in vaginal cuff cellulitis, pelvic cellulitis, and pelvic abscesses. Multiple host and surgical risk factors have been identified as risks that increase infectious sequelae after pelvic surgery.
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Sleep, body fat, reaction time linked to urinary symptoms during menopause
During and after menopause, urinary complaints are common and have been linked to belly fat, poor sleep and slowed reaction time, according to recent study findings published in Menopause. "This study was undertaken to estimate the prevalence and predictors of storage [lower urinary tract symptoms] in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women attending a menopause clinic," the researchers wrote.
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