Up to half of the normal female population will develop uterovaginal prolapse during their lifetime. Twenty percent of these women will be symptomatic and need treatment . A North American actuarial analysis revealed that a woman up to the age of 80 years has an 11% risk of needing surgery for pelvic floor weakness. Furthermore, if she has an operation, she has a 29% risk of requiring further surgery . These figures suggest that the current management of pelvic floor dysfunction is less than ideal. As the population of the world continues to increase in age, the prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction is likely to increase. Gynaecologists need to improve their understanding of pelvic floor dysfunction and its sequelae to improve the outcomes from treatment.
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