Pelvic Organ Support Study (POSST) and bowel symptoms: Straining at stool is associated with perineal and anterior vaginal descent in a general gynecologic population

Margie A. Kahn, Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Michael T. Valley, Patrick J. Woodman, Amy L. O'Boyle, Deirdre I. Bland, Joesph I. Schaffer, James J. Grady, Steven E. Swift

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of constipation symptoms and anal incontinence with vaginal wall and pelvic organ descent in a general gynecologic population. Study design: In this multicenter, cross-sectional study, 1004 women attending routine gynecologic healthcare underwent pelvic organ prolapse quantification (POPQ) measurements, and were surveyed regarding anal incontinence, digitation,

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1516-1522
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - May 2005



  • Anal incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Perineal descent
  • Straining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Medicine(all)

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