Physical Activity and Urinary Incontinence in Women – RECRUITING


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 to adverse health [...]

Questionnaires for Exercise Induced Urinary Incontinence – RECRUITING


The health benefits of physical activity are many, and exercise appears to protect many women from bladder control issues. Yet in some cases, urine leakage in women can be aggravated by physical activity. This “exercise-induced urinary incontinence” is not well understood, both in terms of the underlying problem and how best to manage it. To [...]

Ageing of the Pelvic Floor Muscles – COMING SOON


Clinicians and researchers know that our risk for developing pelvic floor disorders, such as urine leakage and prolapse, increases as we age. However, the impact of aging on the pelvic floor is still poorly understood. Our lab will be starting a new study to improve our understanding of age-related changes in the pelvic floor [...]

Endometriosis: pain post-surgery – COMING SOON!


Is repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation effective in reducing endometriosis-associated pain? A pilot randomized control trial (RCT)  Endometriosis is an inflammatory chronic pain condition caused by uterine tissue growing outside of the uterus. Although this condition affects about 1 in 9 women, current knowledge about it is very limited. The substantial gap in knowledge about endometriosis [...]

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


**We are no longer recruiting for this study - please stay tuned to hear what we have learned from the research!!**  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, and be a [...]

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


(We are no longer recruiting - Please stay tuned for what we have learned!!). 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 [...]

Urinary Incontinence and Your Nerves – RESULTS PENDING!


Background (We are no longer recruiting - Please stay tuned for what we have learned!!)  Many women experience daily urine leakage which is also referred to as urinary incontinence and the most commonly reported among women is stress urinary incontinence, which is defined as the involuntary loss of urine during an exertion, cough, or [...]

Uterine Fibroids and Ultrasound Technology


(We are no longer recruiting for this study) 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 [...]

Brain input influence on pelvic floor muscles – RESULTS PENDING!


(We are no longer recruiting - Please stay tuned for what we have learned!!). 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 [...]