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Female pelvic floor

Tsia-Shu Lo, Yi-Hao Lin, Hsiao-Chien Chu, Eileen Feliz M Cortes, Leng Boi Pue, Yiap Loong Tan, Ma Clarissa Uy-Patrimonio
AIM: By investigating the association of urodynamics and urogenital nerve growth factor (NGF) levels in vaginal mesh surgery, we may be able to associate the likelihood of postoperative lower urinary tract symptoms developing as a result of synthetic mesh implanted for pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. METHODS: Thirty-eight female Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into three groups: mesh, sham (no mesh), and control. Urodynamic study and NGF analysis of the urogenital tissues were done and results were compared among all groups...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Mark S Cook, Laura Bou-Malham, Mary C Esparza, Marianna Alperin
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation is a widely utilized, but often challenging therapy for pelvic floor disorders, which are prevalent in older women. Regimens involving the use of appendicular muscles, such as the obturator internus (OI), have been developed for strengthening of the levator ani muscle (LAM). However, changes that lead to potential dysfunction of these alternative targets in older women are not well known. We hypothesized that aging negatively impacts OI architecture, the main determinant of muscle function, and intramuscular extracellular matrix (ECM), paralleling age-related alterations in LAM...
October 4, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
M Sillem, I Juhasz-Böss, I Klausmeier, S Mechsner, F Siedentopf, E Solomayer
Introduction: Pelvic pain is a common problem in gynaecological practice. It is often unclear whether definite causality exists between reported symptoms and objective clinical findings of the female genital tract, and medical or operative treatments do not always achieve long-term resolution of symptoms. Methods: This pilot study investigated 28 patients (age 20-65, median 36.5 years) from a gynaecology practice whose only clinical finding was painful pelvic floor muscle tightness. Following standardised gynaecological and physiotherapist examination, all patients received osteopathic treatment...
September 2016: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
Suriyan Ponnusamy, Ryan D Sullivan, Thirumagal Thiyagarajan, Heather Tillmann, Robert H Getzenberg, Ramesh Narayanan
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate two selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) (GTx-024 and GTx-027) in a post-menopausal animal model in order to determine their effect on pelvic floor muscles. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a prevalent condition, is represented by an involuntary leakage of urine that results, at least in part, from weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles and is triggered by physical stress. Current treatment options are limited with no oral therapies available. The pelvic floor is rich in androgen receptor and molecules with anabolic activity including (SARMs) may serve as therapeutic options for individuals with SUI...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Emmanuelle Chaleat-Valayer, Agnès Troncy, Marion Montané, Soline Bellaiche, Eric Berthonnaud
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this preliminary study is to analyze the biomechanical strategies of spine, pelvis and lower limbs (LL) with tridimensional motion analysis during stand-to-sit task, an understudied movement in the literature, however, source of questioning in clinical practice. OBSERVATIONS: One female and one male, healthy participants, (respectively 28 and 48 years old) were included without history of pathology and with normal pelvic incidences. Participants performed stand-to-sit movements on a stool without using their hands...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Aly Youssef, Marta Cavalera, Giuseppina Pacella, Ginevra Salsi, Giovanni Morganelli, Elisa Montaguti, Ilaria Cataneo, Gianluigi Pilu, Nicola Rizzo
OBJECTIVES: Caudal distension of female pelvic floor is common and results in perineal descent and a caudally curved hiatus (so called 'warping'). All the available ultrasound techniques to date however aim to reconstruct the pelvic floor using linear techniques (flat plane reconstruction). We aimed to evaluate the feasibility, reproducibility and potential usefulness of a new 3D technique, capable of reconstructing a curved plane of the levator hiatus. METHODS: We recruited a group of primiparous women to perform a 3D/4D transperineal ultrasound 3-6 months after delivery...
September 19, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sivan Navot, Leonid Kalichman
Pelvic floor muscle assessment in situations of hip/groin pain in both male and female patients can be a key element in treatment success. We present herein, a 32 year old male professional cyclist, exhibiting right hip and groin pain during cycling and prolonged sitting. The pain commenced after the patient suffered a right hip severe contusion in 2013 causing a tear in the tensor fascia lata and gluteus medius muscle. The patient did not complain of pelvic floor dysfunctions. After receiving several series of conventional physical therapy for the hip/groin pain, the patient experienced partial pain relief and slight improvement of hip range of motion...
July 2016: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Petra M Casey, Kathy L MacLaughlin, Stephanie S Faubion
BACKGROUND: Sexual dysfunction is common among US women of reproductive age, many of whom use contraception. Various contraceptive methods have been associated with changes in sexual function. METHODS: In this narrative review, we selected key articles based on our collective clinical experience. We summarized findings and best practice recommendations for addressing a woman's contraception and its potential relationship to sexual function. RESULTS: Although some hormonal contraception is associated with sexual dysfunction, studies show mixed results based on route of administration and progestin component...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
Cristina Ros Cerro, Eva Martínez Franco, Giulio Aniello Santoro, Maria José Palau, Pawel Wieczorek, Montserrat Espuña-Pons
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim was to analyze the correlation between residual anal sphincter (AS) defects and pelvic floor muscle (PFM) strength on anal incontinence (AI) in patients with a history of obstetric AS injuries (OASIS). METHODS: From September 2012 to February 2015, an observational study was conducted on a cohort of females who underwent repair of OASIS intrapartum. The degree of OASIS was scored intrapartum according to Sultan's classification...
September 9, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Luciana Laureano Paiva, Lia Ferla, Caroline Darski, Bruna Maciel Catarino, José Geraldo Lopes Ramos
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Urinary Incontinence (UI) in women is a condition that becomes more common with age. Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) is recommended as a first option of treatment for women with symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI), mixed urinary incontinence (MUI), and for some with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence (UUI). PFMT can be performed in groups, individually, and at home, and there is no consensus as to which of the approaches is more efficient for the conservative treatment of UI...
September 9, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Zeelha Abdool, Hans P Dietz, Gerhard B Lindeque
OBJECTIVE: To date most studies on the functional anatomy of the pelvic floor have focussed on Caucasian women. There is scant information on this topic involving other ethnic groups. This study investigates levator hiatal area and pelvic organ descent in three racially diverse ethnic groups of healthy nulliparous East Asian, Caucasian and Black South African females, using three dimensional (3D) transperineal ultrasound (TPUS). METHODS: A total of two hundred and seven nulliparous women from three different ethnic groups aged 18 to 40 years were recruited for this prospective observational study between June 2012 and April 2015...
September 8, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Jan J van Iersel, Chris J de Witte, Paul M Verheijen, Ivo A M J Broeders, Egbert Lenters, Esther C J Consten, Steven E Schraffordt Koops
BACKGROUND: Pelvic floor disorders are a major public health issue. For female genital prolapse, sacrocolpopexy is the gold standard. Laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy is a relatively new and promising technique correcting rectal prolapse. There is no literature combining the 2 robotically assisted techniques. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate the safety, quality of life, and functional and sexual outcomes of robot-assisted sacrocolporectopexy for multicompartment prolapse of the pelvic floor...
October 2016: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Robert E Gutman, Charles R Rardin, Eric R Sokol, Catherine Matthews, Amy J Park, Cheryl B Iglesia, Roxana Geoffrion, Andrew I Sokol, Mickey Karram, Geoffrey W Cundiff, Joan L Blomquist, Matthew D Barber
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in uterine conservation at the time of surgery for uterovaginal prolapse, but limited data compare different types of hysteropexy. OBJECTIVE: We sought to compare 1-year efficacy and safety of laparoscopic sacral hysteropexy and vaginal mesh hysteropexy. STUDY DESIGN: This multicenter, prospective parallel cohort study compared laparoscopic sacral hysteropexy to vaginal mesh hysteropexy at 8 institutions...
September 3, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Charalampos Karachalios, Panagiotis Bakas, Georgios Kaparos, Styliani Demeridou, Ilias Liapis, Charalampos Grigoriadis, Aggelos Liapis
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a common multifactorial condition. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are enzymes capable of breaking down various connective tissue elements. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in regulatory areas of MMP-encoding genes can alter their transcription rate, and therefore the possible effect on pelvic floor supporting structures. The insertion of an adenine (A) base in the promoter of the MMP-3 gene at position -1612/-1617 produces a sequence of six adenines (6A), whereas the other allele has five (5A)...
September 2016: Biomedical Reports
Jenny Kurz, Diane Borello-France
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Postpartum women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and urinary incontinence (UI) are often managed by physical therapists specializing in women's health. Movement system impairments often co-exist in this patient population. The purpose of this case study was to describe the physical therapy management of a post-partum female with POP complicated by additional pelvic symptoms. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 31-year-old post-partum female presented with POP, diastasis recti, UI, and constipation...
September 1, 2016: Physical Therapy
Oscar Rubini Ávila, Natália Gomes Parizzi, Ana Paula Mayumi Souza, Dayane Silvestre Botini, João Ytimura Alves, Silvio Henrique Maia Almeida
INTRODUCTION: The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is part of a set of biotechnologies, providing some growth factors that promote repair of different tissues. The polypropylene meshes (PPM) are applied in the correction of abdominal defects, pelvic floor and urinary incontinence, however, they induce many significant complications, as a result of an inappropriate inflammatory response. PURPOSE: To investigate the changes caused by PRP associated with the implantation of PPM in the abdomen of female rabbits, in the production of collagen I and III and the inflammatory infiltrate (ININ)...
September 1, 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Valeria Regina Silva, Cássio Luis Zanettini Riccetto, Natalia Miguel Martinho, Joseane Marques, Leonardo Cesar Carvalho, Simone Botelho
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: several studies have been investigated co-activation can enhance the effectveness of PFM training protocols allowing preventive and therapeutic goals in pelvic floor dysfunctions. The objective of the present study was to investigate if an abdominal-pelvic protocol of training (APT) using gametherapy would allow co-activation of PFM and transversus abdominis/oblique internal (TrA/OI) muscles. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-five nulliparous, continent, young females, with median age 24...
July 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Ladislav Krofta, Linda Havelková, Iva Urbánková, Michal Krčmář, Luděk Hynčík, Jaroslav Feyereisl
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: During vaginal delivery, the levator ani muscle (LAM) undergoes severe deformation. This stress can lead to stretch-related LAM injuries. The objective of this study was to develop a sophisticated MRI-based model to simulate changes in the LAM during vaginal delivery. METHODS: A 3D finite element model of the female pelvic floor and fetal head was developed. The model geometry was based on MRI data from a nulliparous woman and 1-day-old neonate...
August 25, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Avery Whitis, Diane E Elas, Andrea OʼShea, Colleen K Stockdale
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to present a series of women with a history of traditional abdominoplasty or circumferential abdominoplasty (belt lipectomy) with vulvar concerns and anatomic changes. METHODS: We describe 5 women with a history of abdominoplasty who were referred with symptoms of vulvar pain, dyspareunia, lower urinary tract symptoms, and/or lesion/mass. Physical examination revealed elevation of the clitoris on the pubic symphysis with or without retraction of the clitoral hood in each...
October 2016: Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Yechiel Z Burke, Lior Lowenstein
INTRODUCTION: Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is multifactorial, with psychological and organic elements. Genital sensation, an important component of sexual response, has until recently not been subjected to adequate clinical appraisal. During the past 15 years we have performed Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) to assess genital sensation in healthy women and women with FSD. AIM: To review available evidence of QST in the investigation of genital sensation in women with FSD...
April 2016: Sexual Medicine Reviews
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