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Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2006 May;17(3):208-10. Epub 2005 Aug 3.

Pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence in nulliparous women at the United States Military Academy.

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Department of Surgery, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point, NY 10996, USA.


The objective of this study was to evaluate both baseline pelvic support and incontinence in relation to physical activity in nulliparous college women. Participants were examined using the pelvic organ prolapse and quantification system (POP-Q) and completed a questionnaire. Women with stage 0 prolapse and any other stage were compared. Potential risk factors and levels of physcial activity were analyzed using the chi-square test. We evaluated 144 women. Fifty percent had stage 0 support and 50% had stage I or II. Nineteen percent of participants reported incontinence. No risk factors for prolapse were identified, however running was associated with incontinence. Forty-six percent of physically active nulliparous college students had stage I pelvic support without identifiable risk factors. Stage I and II prolapse represent normal support.

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