Pilates Pelvic Floor Strengthening Program to Improve Urinary Incontinence


About this study

Does a twice weekly, 12-week Pilates pelvic floor strengthening program improve short- and long-term measures of stress urinary incontinence symptoms in women ages 45-70 years of age?

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age 45-70 years of age.
  2. Able to provide informed consent.
  3. Able to lower and rise from the floor safely and independently.
  4. Anticipated to be able to attend at least 9 of the first 12 classes (75%) in weeks 1-6.
  5. Anticipated to be able to attend at least 9 of the final 12 classes (75%) in weeks 7-12.
  6. Score of 6+ on ICIQ-UI Short Form.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnancy
  2. Unable to speak and comprehend English
  3. Chronic neurologic condition (e.g., Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis) that impacts bladder function.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Deborah Rhodes, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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