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Laura Scheufele PT, DPT, WCSNovember 7, 2012
Primary Aim: To estimate the effect of vaginal delivery and other obstetric exposures on pelvic muscle strength measured 6-11 years after first delivery and to investigate the relationship between pelvic muscle strength and pelvic floor disorders.
Subjects: 666 parous women who were originally recruited 5-10 years after first delivery for Mothers’ Outcomes after Delivery study returned for their second annual visit (thus 6 -11 years after first delivery). Enrolled participants plan to return annually for assessment of pelvic floor disorders.
Exclusion criteria: Maternal age younger than 15 or older than 50 years, delivery at less than 37 weeks of gestation, placenta previa, multiple gestation, known fetal congenital anomaly, stillbirth, prior myomectomy, latex allergy, and abruption. Women who developed these events during subsequent pregnancies not excluded.
Study Design: A prospective cohort study.