Use of a vaginal sponge during aerobic exercises in patients with stress urinary incontinence

Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 1997;8(6):351-3. doi: 10.1007/BF02765595.


A newly marketed vaginal sponge intended to support the urethra was tested during aerobic exercise in a group of 6 women suffering from stress urinary incontinence. The patients performed half an hour of aerobic exercises on 2 consecutive days, with and without the vaginal sponge. A pad was worn during exercise and weighed before and after. Without the vaginal sponge the patients had a mean loss of 7 g (range 2-18 g) during exercise. With the vaginal sponge in situ there was no leakage. The sponge can be recommended for use during sports in patients with mild to moderate incontinence.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pessaries*
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / rehabilitation*


  • Polyvinyl Alcohol