Is physical activity good or bad for your pelvic floor? Event as iCalendar

(Seminars)

07 February 2018

4 - 5pm

Venue: Ground floor seminar room (G10)

Location: 70 Symonds St, Auckland Central

An ABI seminar by Professor Kari Bo, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo.

Abstract

This presentation will focus on the two opposite hypotheses on the association between physical activity and the pelvic floor (Bø, Sports Medicine 2004):

  • General exercise training strengthens the pelvic floor muscle and decreases the levator hiatus. This would decrease the risk of symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction such as urinary and faecal  incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, but have a negative influence on vaginal delivery.
  • General exercise training overloads, stretches and weakens the pelvic floor. This would  increase the risk of symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction such as urinary and faecal  incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse, but would make vaginal delivery easier.

The evidence for both of these hypotheses will be presented and discussed.