Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in women with pelvic floor disorders: A cohort study

Shannon L. Slavin, Rebecca G. Rogers, Yuko Komesu, Tola Omotosho, Sarah Hammil, Cindi Lewis, Robert Sapien

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Introduction and hypothesis The objective of this study was to compare complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in women with and without pelvic floor disorders (PFD). Methods We conducted a survey of women presenting to a specialty urogynecology (Urogyn) and gynecology (Gyn) clinic that examined demographic data, CAM use, and the presence of PFD (validated questionnaires). T tests, Fisher's exact tests, and logistic regression were used for analysis. To detect a 20% difference between groups, 234 Urogyn and 103 Gyn patients were needed. Results Participants included 234 Urogyn and 103 Gyn patients. Urogyn patients reported more CAM use than Gyn patients, even when controlled for differences between groups (51% vs. 32%, adjusted p=0.006). Previous treatment (61% vs. 39%, adjusted p>0.001) and increased number of PFD was associated with increased CAM use (adjusted p=0.02). Conclusions Women with PFD use CAM more frequently than women without PFD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-437
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Complementary alternative medicine
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in women with pelvic floor disorders : A cohort study. / Slavin, Shannon L.; Rogers, Rebecca G.; Komesu, Yuko; Omotosho, Tola; Hammil, Sarah; Lewis, Cindi; Sapien, Robert.

In: International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Vol. 21, No. 4, 04.2010, p. 431-437.

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Slavin, Shannon L. ; Rogers, Rebecca G. ; Komesu, Yuko ; Omotosho, Tola ; Hammil, Sarah ; Lewis, Cindi ; Sapien, Robert. / Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in women with pelvic floor disorders : A cohort study. In: International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. 2010 ; Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 431-437.
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