Research papers - Pelvic Organ Prolapse
The POPPY trial concluded "One-to-one pelvic floor muscle training for prolapse is effective for improvement of prolapse symptoms. Long-term benefits should be investigated, as should the effects in specific subgroups"
Individualised pelvic floor muscle training in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POPPY): a multicentre randomised controlled trial. Hagen S1, Stark D2, Glazener C3, Dickson S4, Barry S5, Elders A3, Frawley H6, Galea MP7, Logan J4, McDonald A8, McPherson G8, Moore KH9, Norrie J8, Walker A5, Wilson D10; POPPY Trial Collaborators.
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Apr 30. [Epub ahead of print]
Pelvic floor muscle training reverse pelvic organ prolapse and reduce prolapse symptoms? An assessor-blinded, randomized, controlled trial.
Brækken IH, Majida M, Engh ME Bø K
Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) during individual physical therapy sessions and home exercise can improve pelvic organ prolapse. Norwegian researchers conducted a controlled study, reporting that after 6 months, women in the PFMT group had significantly greater cranial elevation of the bladder and rectum, compared with women in the control group. They also had reduced prolapse symptoms and greater improvement in pelvic floor muscle strength and endurance.