Association of antepartum vitamin D levels with postpartum pelvic floor muscle strength and symptoms

Aydogmus S., Kelekci S., Aydogmus H., Demir M., Yilmaz B., Sutcu R.

INTERNATIONAL UROGYNECOLOGY JOURNAL, vol.26, no.8, pp.1179-1184, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00192-015-2671-3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1179-1184
  • Keywords: Pelvic floor, Pregnancy, Vitamin D deficiency, D DEFICIENCY, WOMEN, INCONTINENCE, PREVALENCE, BLADDER, HEALTH, IMPACT
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: No


Introduction and hypothesis Vitamin D affects skeletal muscle strength and functions via various mechanisms. Strength and/or functional dysfunctions of the pelvic floor muscles may be associated with the distortion of pelvic floor functions. We hypothesized that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) by affecting pelvic floor muscle strength (PFMS). The aim of this study was to assess the effect of vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy on postpartum PFMS.