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NIH awards OHSU researcher $1.2 million to determine causes of, risk factors for pelvic floor injury
Date:2/26/2008

ecome increasingly apparent in recent years as a groundswell of health care providers and the public alike have suggested that giving birth via Caesarean section may decrease the risk of sustaining pregnancy-related pelvic floor injuriy. While retrospective studies seem to indicate that this may be the case, this study, to the best of the researchers knowledge, is the first large-scale prospective study to track pelvic floor damage before and after a number of birthing scenarios.

One day we hope to be able to offer women informed choices about preventing pelvic floor disorder - maybe we will find C-sections do reduce the risk of pregnancy-related pelvic floor injuries for some women. Maybe we will find that C-sections do not prevent pelvic floor injury in most women, Gregory said.

Some pelvic floor injury is inevitable throughout a persons lifetime, and disorders resulting from this injury are common among women; recent studies have indicated that one in nine women will at one time undergo surgery to treat the symptoms related to pelvic floor dysfunction.


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