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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Women: Tackling Barriers

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Pelvic floor problems are common in women of all ages. Urinary and faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, difficulties with defecation, pelvic pain and sexual problems are only some of the possible symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. Although Pelvic Floor Muscle Training has been proven to be effective in the prevention and treatment of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) in women during pregnancy and after delivery, the lifetime prevalence remains high. This raises questions about possible obstacles or barriers to the prevention and treatment of PFD. During this lecture several barriers to effective prevention and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms during pregnancy and after childbirth will be discussed. Let’s bridge the gap between scientific research and clinical practice in order to improve women’s pelvic health!


Hedwig Neels  

International presenter - Hedwig Neels is a physiotherapist with a PhD in women’s pelvic health. She is specialised in pelvic floor rehabilitation,  perinatal physiotherapy and in manual therapy. She combines scientific research, education in physiotherapy and clinical work at the Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium. Hedwig is a committed member and ambassador in several committees and special interest groups of international associations ICS and IUGA. She was a visiting scholar at Sydney University in 2019, and since then has been working with 3D/4D transperineal ultrasound with a strong passion to improve the prevention of pelvic floor dysfunction in women.





Womens Mens Pelvic Health National Group

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CPD Hours

1.5 Hours


Please note: The content of this Lecture on Demand (LOD) was captured via a recording of a live lecture at the APA premises. Due to the nature of the event and the recording method, this LOD may not have captured some of the questions/comments from live audience. Your purchase of this module indicates your acceptance of this.