Factors influencing influencing postpartum women's willingness to participate in a preventive pelvic floor muscle training program: a web-based survey

Heidi F.A. Moossdorff-Steinhauser*, Pytha. Albers-Heitner, Mirjam Weemhoff, Marc E.A. Spaanderman, Fred H.M. Nieman, Bary Berghmans

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OBJECTIVE\nPregnancy and delivery are the most prominent risk factors for the onset of pelvic floor injuries and – later-on – urinary incontinence. Supervised pelvic floor muscle training during and after pregnancy is proven effective for the prevention of urinary incontinence on the short term. However, only a minority of women do participate in preventive pelvic floor muscle training programs. Our aim was to analyze willingness to participate (WTP) in an intensive preventive pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) program and influencing factors, from the perspective of postpartum women, for participation. \n\nSTUDY DESIGN\nWe included 169 three-month postpartum women in a web-based survey in the Netherlands. Demographic and clinical characteristics, knowledge and experience with PFMT and preconditions for actual WTP were assessed. Main outcome measures were frequencies and percentages for categorical data. Cross tabulations were used to explore the relationship between WTP and various independent categorical variables. A linear regression analysis was done to analyze which variables are associated with WTP. \n\nRESULTS\nA response rate of 64% (n=169) was achieved. 31% of the women was WTP, 41% was hesitating, 12% already participated in PFMT and 15% was not interested (at all). No statistically significant association was found between WTP and risk or prognostic pelvic floor dysfunction factors. Women already having symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse symptoms were more WTP (p=0.010, p=0.001, respectively) as were women perceiving better general health (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-187
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


  • Barriers
  • Facilitators
  • Pelvic floor muscle training
  • Prevention
  • Urinary incontinence

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