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Pelvic Floor Disorders Knowledge in Pregnant Women

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg; ePub 2018 Aug 2; Mckay, et al

A lack of knowledge about urinary incontinence (UI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) was observed among pregnant and postpartum women in a recent study, and preconceptional counseling may provide an opportunity for educational intervention. The cross-sectional survey of women receiving antepartum and postpartum care at 9 sites in Connecticut assessed knowledge about UI and POP using the validated Prolapse and Incontinence Knowledge Questionnaire. Researchers found:

  • Surveys from 399 diverse pregnant and postpartum women were included in the analysis.
  • Three quarters of the study population showed a lack of knowledge proficiency about UI and POP (74.2%, 70.6%).
  • Increased odds of lacking POP knowledge proficiency included having a high school diploma/General Education Development/vs bachelor’s degree and never seeing a urologist/urogynecologist vs those who had.
  • Women working in a medical field vs those who did not demonstrated decreased odds of lacking UI and POP knowledge proficiency.


Mckay ER, Lundsberg LS, Miller DT, et al. Knowledge of pelvic floor disorders in obstetrics. [Published online ahead of print August 2, 2018]. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. doi:10.1097/SPV.0000000000000604.