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Pelvic floor exercise device for prevention and cure of Stress Urinary Incontinence in women

Funding body

National Institute for Health Research- Devices for Dignity

Investigator(s)

Principal investigator: Eleanor van den Heuvel

 

Project description

The "Pelvic floor exercise device for prevention and cure of Stress Urinary Incontinence in women (Don’t Wee)" project aimed to develop a computer game that would help women to perform pelvic floor exercises. Weakened pelvic floor muscles are common in women and can lead to stress incontinence a condition which is extremely common and bothersome to the sufferer. It has been shown that only 1 in 5 women actually perform pelvic floor exercises as recommended because they either don’t know whether they are performing the exercise correctly and/or they lack motivation and find the exercises boring. The Don’t Wee provides instant feedback and “reward” for the Pelvic floor exercises in the form of a visual display triggered by muscle contraction.

The aim of the project was to develop a device that provides both assurance, that the exercises are being done correctly and provides the motivation to continue with PFMT.

The objectives were:

  • To discover the types of computer packages would appeal to women wanting to improve their pelvic floor heath
  • To develop a selection of applications that provides the user with a rewarding experience.
  • To develop applications that provide instant graphical feedback based on a single input control modality.