Efficacy of biofeedback in the treatment of urinary stress incontinence

Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 1998;9(3):151-3. doi: 10.1007/BF02001084.


Thirty-seven women with stress incontinence were given biofeedback instruction on how to perform pelvic floor exercises correctly. After 3 months with home exercises 31 patients performed a new standardized pad-weighing test: 39% were objectively cured and 42% improved. After a mean of 2 years 15 patients were evaluated with another pad-weighing test: 27% were now objectively cured and 47% improved. A questionnaire showed that 78% had an exact knowledge about the location of the pelvic floor muscles and 47% were satisfied with their present situation, but only 58% performed daily exercises.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biofeedback, Psychology* / physiology
  • Electromyography
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pelvic Floor / physiopathology
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / physiopathology
  • Urinary Incontinence, Stress / rehabilitation*