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2020 May 06

Cochrane Database Syst Rev


Pelvic floor muscle training for preventing and treating urinary and faecal incontinence in antenatal and postnatal women.


Woodley SJ, Lawrenson P, Boyle R, Cody JD, Mørkved S, Kernohan A, Hay-Smith JEC
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2020 May 06; 5:CD007471.
PMID: 32378735.


About one-third of women have urinary incontinence (UI) and up to one-tenth have faecal incontinence (FI) after childbirth. Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) is commonly recommended during pregnancy and after birth for both preventing and treating incontinence. This is an update of a Cochrane Review previously published in 2017.