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Pregnant Women & Pelvic Floor Disorders

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg; ePub 2017 Jul 20; Geynisman-Tan, et al

Pregnant women have limited knowledge about pelvic floor dysfunction despite being at increased risk for these conditions both during and after their pregnancies, a recent study found. The cross-sectional survey study included pregnant women with a gestational age of >18 weeks at a single tertiary care institution. 402 participants completed the validated 24-item Prolapse and Incontinence Knowledge Questionnaire. Researchers found:

  • Mean ±SD raw accuracy score in urinary incontinence was 66%±12%, and mean ±SD raw accuracy in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) was 41%±17%.
  • The results were not significantly different among age or ethnic groups.
  • Pregnant women were more likely to know that delivery could lead to incontinence (62%) than POP (42%).
  • 83% of participants knew that pelvic floor exercises could prevent urinary incontinence.


Geynisman-Tan JM, Taubel D, Asfaw TS. Is something missing from antenatal education: A survey of pregnant women’s knowledge of pelvic floor disorders. [Published online ahead of print July 20, 2017]. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. doi:10.1097/SPV.0000000000000465.