Long-term effects ten years after maximal electrostimulation of the pelvic floor in women with unstable detrusor and urge incontinence

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand Suppl. 1998:168:22-4.


Objective: The purpose was to study any long-term therapeutic effects of maximal electrical stimulation in female urge incontinence.

Methods: A postal questionnaire containing six questions about urinary incontinence was distributed to 30 women who had been treated with maximal stimulation because of unstable detrusor and urge incontinence 9-13 years earlier. The response rate was 90% (27 women). The mean age at follow-up was 62 years.

Results: Twenty-one (78%) women reported symptoms of urge incontinence. Among them, 13 had this problem daily, whereas eight only had problems weekly or even more seldom. Nineteen (70%) women reported symptoms of stress incontinence. Twenty-one women would have recommended maximal stimulation to a friend today.

Conclusion: After approximately ten years most of the women had symptoms of urge incontinence. This was, however, a minor problem among a third of them. A majority of the women were satisfied with maximal stimulation as a treatment modality. The treatment had not prevented a later occurrence of stress incontinence.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Electric Stimulation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Pelvic Floor / physiopathology
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / physiopathology
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / therapy*