The pelvic floor is a complex of connective tissue, ligaments, fascia and muscle fibres that form a hammock at the bottom of the abdomino-pelvic cavity [1-2]. In women, the function of the pelvic floor is to stabilize the bladder, urethra, bowel and uterus within the pelvis, which is of relevance to urinary and anal continence. Furthermore, the pelvic floor plays an important role during pregnancy and delivery and in sexual functioning. Pelvic floor dysfunction has been described extensively and is known to cause urinary or faecal incontinence, obstructive micturition or defaecation, pelvic organ prolapse and sexual disorders, such as dyspareunia.[3-12] Today, pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is a hot item and a large number of pelvic floor research centres and clinics in western society are involved in the assessment and treatment of PFD.

gastroenterology, pelvic floor, pelvic floor dysfunction, women
M.E. Vierhout (Mark) , C.W. Burger (Curt)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC, SOMT, Organon BV. University Medical Centre St. Radboud, Royal Dutch Association of Physiotherapists (KNGF), Dutch Association of Pelvic Physiotherapy (NVFB), Ferring BV, Coloplast BV, Medical Care Connect, Pelvitec, Medtronic, Selexyz,MMS, Pfizer BV, Astellas Pharma BV, Johnson&Johnson, Lemma
978-90-5931-516-7
hdl.handle.net/1765/18619
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Slieker-ten Hove, M.C.P. (2009, September 9). Pelvic Floor Function and Dysfunction in a General Female Population in a General Female Population. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/18619