The urine stream interruption test and pelvic muscle function in the puerperium

A. Sartore, R. Pregazzi, P. Bortoli, E. Grimaldi, G. Ricci, S. Guaschino

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Objectives: This study assesses the role of the uroflowmetric urine stream interruption test (UST) in the evaluation of postpartum pelvic floor muscle function. Method: Two months after vaginal delivery, 492 women who underwent a digital test, vaginal manometry, and a UST were divided into two groups: continent and incontinent. Variables were subjected to the Student's t-test and to Fisher's exact test to verify the difference between the two groups. Results: Digital test and vaginal manometry results were higher in the continent group, but only the UST showed significantly different values (P=0.001). All test results of incontinent puerperae who underwent rehabilitation were significantly improved after treatment. Conclusions: UST is low cost, non-invasive, and can give objective information about pelvic floor performance after a vaginal delivery. It can be used for both routine clinical use and an outcome measure for women who undergo rehabilitation treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2002


  • Digital test
  • Puerperium
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Urine stream interruption test
  • Uroflowmetry
  • Vaginal manometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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