Prospective study to assess risk factors for pelvic floor dysfunction after delivery

Maurizio Serati, Stefano Salvatore, Vik Khullar, Stefano Uccella, Evelina Bertelli, Fabio Ghezzi, Pierfrancesco Bolis

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Background. To identify obstetric risk factors for de novo pelvic floor disorders after vaginal delivery. Methods. Antenatally asymptomatic women who delivered vaginally were interviewed on urinary, anal and sexual disorders antenatally, 6 and 12 months postpartum. Results. Of 967 women, 336 were included for final analysis. Urinary symptoms occurred in 27 and 23% of women at 6 and 12 months postpartum: univariate analysis showed a significant relation to the use of epidural analgesia (p =0.04) and to a second stage of labour >1 h (p =0.02), the latter was confirmed significant by multivariate analysis. Anal incontinence occurred in 7.1 and 6.8% of women at 6 and 12 months postpartum, respectively. Dyspareunia was reported by 24% at 6 months, decreasing to 8% at 12 months (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-318
Number of pages6
JournalActa Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Anal incontinence
  • Labour
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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