What we think we know about pelvic floor disorders in females: An immeasurable challenge

Linda McLean, Ph.D.

Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa

Friday, December 1st at 11:45 am

In-Person in SMBB 2650!

Pelvic floor disorders include urinary and fecal incontinence and retention, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain of various aetiologies. They are highly prevalent, particularly among females- where more than 50% experience symptoms associated with at least one pelvic floor disorder on an ongoing basis. While pelvic floor dysfunction is implicated in these disorders, the empirical evidence of their involvement, and for the nature of their involvement is limited. This is due, in part, to a measurement problem. Commonly tools used to measure tissue properties, muscle function, biomechanics and motor control in other body regions are difficult to apply to the female pelvic floor. In this talk, Dr. McLean will describe the tools she has developed and the techniques she uses to study female pelvic floor function, and will highlight important findings that have emerged from her laboratory that have improved our understanding of urinary incontinence and pelvic pain, and how these findings are helping to develop effective interventions.