Developing Measurement Tools

/Developing Measurement Tools

Part of our research focuses on the creation, development and testing of tools used to measure the female pelvic floor.

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 [...]

A New Device to Assess Pelvic Floor Muscle Function – RECRUITING


Pelvic floor disorders are common in women and include incontinence (bladder or bowel leakage) and pelvic pain. These conditions are often successfully treated by physiotherapists who work with women to build strength and/or relax their pelvic floor muscles. We are developing a tool for physiotherapists so that they can measure pelvic floor muscle strength and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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