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The aim of the study was to measure pelvic floor muscle function in continent and incontinent nulliparous pregnant women. The study group consisted of 103 nulliparous pregnant women at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Women reporting urinary incontinence once per week or more during the previous month were classified as incontinent. Function was measured by vaginal(More)
OBJECTIVE Urinary incontinence is a chronic health complaint that severely reduces quality of life. Pregnancy and vaginal delivery are main risk factors in the development of urinary incontinence. The aim of this study was to assess whether intensive pelvic floor muscle training during pregnancy could prevent urinary incontinence. METHODS We conducted a(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the association between pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) and mode of delivery and to calculate the risks of PFD comparing caesarean delivery and operative vaginal delivery to normal vaginal delivery 15-23 years after childbirth. A subgroup analysis comparing forceps and vacuum delivery was planned. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING(More)
BACKGROUND The observation that exercise training reduces cardiovascular mortality is robust and consistent, but the amount and intensity of exercise that is required for risk reduction is not yet resolved. METHODS We studied the association between the amount and intensity of exercise and cardiovascular mortality in 27 143 men and 28 929 women who were(More)
BACKGROUND Urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy (RP) is a common problem and may lead to reduced quality of life. OBJECTIVE To assess the effects of guided pelvic floor muscle training on continence status and perceived problems with urinary function after RP. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS We conducted a randomised controlled trial at(More)
BACKGROUND Prevention of lumbopelvic pain in pregnancy has been sparsely studied. One aim of this study was to assess if a 12-week training program during pregnancy can prevent and/or treat lumbopelvic pain. A randomized controlled trial was conducted at Trondheim University Hospital and three outpatient physiotherapy clinics. Three hundred and one healthy(More)
OBJECTIVE To study lumbopelvic pain in women randomized to a regular exercise program during pregnancy in comparison to women receiving standard antenatal care. DESIGN A two-armed, two-center, randomized controlled trial. Setting. St Olavs Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital and Stavanger University Hospital. POPULATION A total of 855 pregnant women(More)
AIM Current U.S. guidelines suggest that pregnant women should exercise regularly during pregnancy, and we examined the neurodevelopment of the children whose mothers had taken that advice. METHODS This Norwegian study included 188 children whose mothers had followed a structured exercise protocol and 148 control children whose mothers had not. Their(More)
The purpose of the study was to investigate the prevalence of urinary incontinence during pregnancy and the postpartum, and to examine postpartum pelvic floor muscle strength. Eight weeks postpartum the prevalence of urinary incontinence and pelvic floor muscle strength was registered. All women in a Norwegian community, delivering at the local hospital(More)
OBJECTIVE Anal incontinence (AI) is a symptom associated with age, bowel symptoms and obstetric injuries. Primary aim of the study was to establish the prevalence of AI among women and secondarily to evaluate the impact on daily life and conditions associated with AI. DESIGN A cross-sectional study. SETTING Participants attended research stations(More)