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Low-Dose Intravaginal Estriol And Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation In Post-Menopausal Stress Urinary Incontinence
Published 2015 · Medicine
Introduction: Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) and electrical stimulation (ES) are conservative models of therapy for treating female stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The presence of estradiol receptors in the lower urinary tract advances the case for estradiol therapy in SUI. The aim of our study was to investigate the effects of the combination of pelvic floor rehabilitation and intravaginal estriol (IE) on SUI treatment in postmenopausal women. Material and Methods: Sixty-two women with SUI were randomized to PFMT, ES and biofeedback (Group 1) or the same treatment plus 1 mg IE (Group 2) for 6 months. Patients were evaluated with medical history, pelvic examination, urodynamics, 24-hour pad test. Urinary incontinence was evaluated using the International Consultation on Incontinence questionnaire on urinary incontinence short form and quality of life using the Incontinence Impact Questionnaire-Short Form. Results: Two patients were lost at follow-up and one discontinued the study. Mean urine leakage at the 24-hour pad test dropped from 42.3 ± 20.2 g/die to 31.5 ± 14.2 g/die in Group 1 and from 48.3 ± 19.8 g/die to 22.3 ± 10.1 g/die in Group 2. Symptoms scores and incontinence status were statistically significant better in Group 2 when compared to Group 1. Conclusion: IE added to PFMT, ES and BF is a safe and efficacious first-line therapy in postmenopausal women with SUI.