Female triathletes at higher risk for pelvic floor disorders
A US study has found female triathletes are at a higher risk for pelvic floor disorders, among other health issues.
The study, led by Loyola Medicine researchers, found that female triathletes suffered from a high rate of stress urinary and faecal incontinence.
Of the 311 internet survey respondents, 37.4 per cent experienced urinary incontinence, while 28 per cent experienced faecal incontinence. Pelvic organ prolapse was less common, reported by 5 per cent of respondents.
The study authors were unclear why the rate of incontinence in female triathletes was so high, suggesting possible causes could be metabolic or digestive, or due to prolonged impact on the pelvic floor from cycling.
While acknowledging the benefits of exercise, the study authors concluded that women athletes experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction should consult a health professional.