Child birth, pregnancy and pelvic floor dysfunction

J Obstet Gynaecol India. 2011 Dec;61(6):635-7. doi: 10.1007/s13224-011-0095-7. Epub 2012 Jan 17.


Introduction: To determine the prevalence of incontinence and its relation to various factors like age, parity, mode of delivery and birth weight.

Methods: After informed consent, a questionnaire was filled by a trained interviewer.

Results: The prevalence of incontinence was 18.6%. Incontinence was reported in 12.5% of primis as compared to 26.4% in multis. The incidence of incontinence rose as age advanced. Sixteen percent developed incontinence following LSCS whenever 19.8% developed incontinence after normal delivery.

Conclusion: Pelvic floor dysfunction occurs commonly following childbirth, with increasing parity urinary incontinence particularly stress incontinence was more common. No significant reduction in incidence of incontinence following LSCS was noted in this study.

Keywords: Anal incontinence post delivery; Urinary incontinence post delivery.