Marie A Ellström Engh

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse (POP), including physical activity, clinically measured joint mobility and pelvic floor muscle (PFM) function. DESIGN One-to-one age- and parity-matched case-control study. SETTING Akershus university hospital and one outpatient physiotherapy clinic in Norway. POPULATION Forty-nine(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate ability to contract, vaginal resting pressure (VRP), pelvic floor muscle (PFM) strength and PFM endurance 6 weeks after vaginal delivery in primiparous women, with and without major defects of the levator ani (LA) muscle. DESIGN Cross-sectional comparative study. SETTING Akershus University Hospital, Norway. SAMPLE A cohort of(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe changes in pelvic organ support from mid pregnancy until 1 year postpartum among nulliparous pregnant women, and to examine whether delivery route affects changes in pelvic organ support. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Akershus University Hospital in Norway. POPULATION A cohort of 300 nulliparous pregnant women included(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate associations between levator hiatus area and levator ani muscle function during pregnancy and major levator ani muscle defects postpartum. DESIGN Observational prospective cohort study. SETTING University hospital, Norway. SAMPLE A cohort of 234 nulliparous women at 21 and 37 weeks of gestation, and at 6 weeks postpartum. (More)
OBJECTIVE The objectives of the investigation were to study the association between levator hiatus dimensions in late pregnancy and both the length of second stage of labor and also the delivery mode in women delivering their first child. STUDY DESIGN In this cohort study, 231 nulliparous women were examined with 3- and 4-dimensional transperineal(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether postpartum pelvic floor muscle training decrease prevalence of any urinary incontinence (UI) in primiparous women with and without UI at inclusion (mixed population) and further to perform stratified analyses on women with and without major levator ani muscle defects. METHODS A two-armed assessor-blinded randomized controlled(More)
INTRODUCTION Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) has level 1 evidence of reducing the size and symptoms associated with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). There is scant knowledge, however, regarding whether PFMT has an effect on sexual function. AIM The aim of the trial was to evaluate the effect of PFMT on sexual function in women with POP. METHODS In this(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate changes in sexual health and psychological well-being one year after subtotal and total hysterectomies. DESIGN Prospective randomized controlled trial. MATERIAL AND METHODS One hundred and thirty-two premenopausal patients scheduled for hysterectomy without planned oophorectomy for benign disorders and without a history of cervical(More)
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