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The Use of a Periniometer on the Pelvic Floor Muscle Force Assessment

Pires, F. ; Gil Pascoal, A. ; Silva, H.

The Use of a Periniometer on the Pelvic Floor Muscle Force Assessment, Proc European Society of Biomechanics Congress, Lisbon, Portugal, Vol. , pp. - , July, 2012.

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Abstract
The assessment of pelvic floor muscles (PFM) strength is a key feature on clinical conservative management of women urinary incontinence. Vaginal palpation is the most used procedure to assess PFM function/strength instead is subjective nature. This study presents an alternative method to assess PFM strength, using a customized perineometer, and a time-based processing of the recorded force/pressure-time curve. Relationship between the perineometer and vaginal palpation assessment was also analyzed.