New Study Finds Association between Age of Women and Pelvic Floor Strength after First Pregnancy
One in Three Women Will Experience a Pelvic Floor Disorder (PFD) in Her Lifetime
Lieschen H. Quiroz, MD
Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
In women, the pelvic floor is the muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and nerves that support the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum and help these pelvic organs function. New research finds increasing age is a risk factor for decreased postpartum pelvic floor strength. The prospective study is published in the March edition of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS), the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), the leading professional organization dedicated to the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. The research observes changes in pelvic floor strength (PFS) in relation to the age of women postpartum. The results show that women age 25 years and older were 2.5 times as likely to have a decrease in postpartum pelvic floor strength.
One in three women will experience a pelvic floor disorder (PFD) in her lifetime. PFDs are not a normal part of aging, although they become more common as women age. Childbirth can contribute to the development of PFDs, with vaginal births doubling the rate of PFDs compared to Cesarean deliveries.
On Thursday, March 9th, Dr. Lieschen H. Quiroz is available to you and your listeners to discuss the following key findings called out in the report:
- Women age 25 and older were over 2.5 times more likely to have decreased postpartum PFS compared with women younger than 25 years.
- Conversations women can have with their doctors about maintaining and strengthening pelvic floor muscles after having their first pregnancy.
MORE ABOUT DR. LIESCHEN QUIROZ
Dr. Lieschen H Quiroz is an Obstetrics / Gynecology Specialist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She graduated with honors from University Of Southern California School Of Medicine in 2001. Having more than 16 years of diverse experiences, especially in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Dr. Lieschen H Quiroz affiliates with O U Medical Center, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in medical group Board Of Regents Of The University Of Oklahoma – O U Physicians.