Ageing of the Pelvic Floor Muscles – RECRUITING

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Ageing of the Pelvic Floor Muscles – RECRUITING 2024-07-02T19:12:11+00:00

Project Description

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 muscles. This work will help with the development of interventions to target the effects of aging and help to manage and treat pelvic floor disorders in older women.

What Will Be Involved?

  • Telephone screening to determine your eligibility
  • Completion of four short on-line questionnaires (30 minutes)
  • Attend an initial pelvic floor muscle assessment involving ultrasound imaging and a custom device to measure your strength at the Motor Function Measurement Lab, Lees Campus, University of Ottawa (1.5 hours)
  • Attend a second assessment that will only involve transperineal (i.e., external) ultrasound imaging (1 hour)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Assigned female at birth
  • Between 18-45 or 55+ years of age
  • You are fluent in English

       Exclusion Criteria:

  • You are currently pregnant or are less than 12 months post partum
  • You experienced premature menopause (i.e., before the age of 40 years), are currently peri-menopausal or are less than 12 months from your last menstrual period
  • You experience regular pain with sexual intercourse, tampon insertion or during gynecological examinations
  • You have been diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse greater than a stage 2
  • You have experienced pelvic trauma or undergone pelvic surgery (e.g., hysterectomy, pelvic organ prolapse correction, gender affirming)
  • You have been diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition (e.g., muscular dystrophy)

*The study is currently full for women between the ages of 18-45 years and who have never been pregnant past the second trimester. If you are younger and have never been pregnant, but are still interested in participating, please contact the research team to be placed on the participation waitlist. You will be contact once a spot is available.

If you choose to participate, you will learn about the state of your pelvic floor muscles and you will also be taught how to perform pelvic floor muscle contractions. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis once the study begins recruiting.

Principal Investigator: Olena Klahsen, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa
Supervisor: Dr. Linda McLean, PhD, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa

Now Recruiting! Click here to reach out for more information!
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