Pelvic floor muscle training may improve prolapse stage, muscle function and urinary symptoms compared to no training
- School of Nursing, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr Cynthia M Sublett
School of Nursing, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207, USA;
Commentary on: Hagen S, Stark D. Conservative prevention and management of pelvic organ prolapse in women. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2011;12.
Implications for practice and research
Less invasive but effective methods of prevention and treatment by nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are needed.
Subsequent longitudinal research is needed to support the contention that pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) can be used as a prevention and treatment for POP.
Two decades ago, POP was estimated to be present in over 50% of parous women.1 Shalom et al2 found that parity had less to do with POP than previously thought, stating it is a multifactorial problem. The development of the POP-Q in 19963 has assisted in standardising the language of POP. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have been conducted to address …