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What is the nature of Pelvic Floor Muscle Involvement in Dyspareunia?

Many women experience pain during sexual activities. This is known as dyspareunia.  This pain, while not well understood by health care providers, can interfere with women’s physical and mental health was well be a source of stress in romantic relationships. The pelvic floor muscles, located at the base of the pelvis, [...]


Activity and urinary incontinence in women

Urinary incontinence affects up to one in five Canadian women. Stresses induced on the pelvic floor during high impact activities such as running are associated with reports of urine leakage during these activities. This experience of “stress urinary incontinence” ultimately leads women to withdraw from these activities, and inactivity can lead [...]


Brain input influence on pelvic floor muscles.

In recent studies, non-invasive magnetic stimulation of the brain has been suggested as an ideal and pain-free way to evaluate the way in which the brain controls the pelvic floor muscles. However for clinical and research purposes, we need to be sure that measures obtained are repeatable- that is, that the [...]


Return of trunk and pelvic floor muscle function after pregnancy and delivery

Pregnancy and delivery have known consequences on the pelvic floor - women often develop low back or pelvic pain and stress urinary or fecal incontinence. Although these symptoms normally persist for a time after delivery, they usually recover. Little is known, however, about the natural time course of recovery after delivery. [...]


Characterization of tissue stiffness to improve the diagnosis and management of uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are the most common gynecological condition, accounting for 1/3 of all visits to gynecologists in Canada, and can cause severe symptoms including pain, bleeding, and infertility.  Due to potential risks associated with surgery, medical therapies are becoming more favorable, yet not all patients respond to medical therapy and side-effects [...]


Pelvic Floor Ageing Study

If you are interested in learning more about your pelvic floor muscles, our lab is looking for female volunteers, over the age of 60 that have never given birth vaginally nor by c-section to study age-related changes in the pelvic floor muscles in order to develop interventions to target these age-related changes. [...]


Is low-level laser therapy an effective intervention for provoked vestibulodynia?

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a technology that was first introduced in the 1960’s as a means of healing damaged tissue. LLLT has demonstrated effectiveness in terms of healing diabetic ulcers and many forms of dental lesions and pain. Recently a small study was published which demonstrated that a six week [...]