Pelvic Floor Disorders Research

The Pelvic Floor Research Group at University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital is one of the world's leading research groups working to improve the understanding and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

Our leadership in pelvic floor research over many years now gives us a uniquely sophisticated familiarity with the underlying causes and forces behind pelvic floor dysfunction, allowing us to treat these conditions with exceptional effectiveness.

Our goal is to identify risk factors for developing pelvic floor disorders and to work with high-risk women to prevent them, and our research focuses on these major themes:

  • Discovering what causes pelvic floor problems
  • Improving surgical outcomes
  • Putting the knowledge into practice with cutting-edge strategies for prevention and treatment of these common and distressing conditions

The U-M Pelvic Floor Research Group includes top providers and researchers at the University of Michigan from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Department of Biomechanical Engineering and the School of Nursing.

Research currently underway at U-M explores:

  • using computer modeling to study injuries to the pelvic floor that occur during childbirth
  • using advanced magnetic resonance imaging of the pelvic floor as well as ultrasound to study the details of pelvic floor injury in women with incontinence  and prolapse
  • developing innovative technologies for improving the assessment of pelvic floor muscle strength and urethral function
  • studying how the pelvic floor functions and changes after childbirth
  • using the detailed information from the studies to improve selection of patients for proper treatment

Learn more about the Pelvic Floor Research Group.