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Is race relevant to Pelvic Health? Of course it bloody well is.

- Throughout this blog, phrases written in quotation marks and in italic font denote direct quotes from the scientific literature. "Pelvic health" in this blog I will refer mainly to pelvic floor dysfunction. If you have any concerns about the way this blog has been written, please do not hesitate to contact us on hello@umi-health.com

In pledging to make pelvic health accessible to every woman, everywhere, we at Umi must acknowledge the very real racial disparities influencing all important factors affecting women’s experience of, and the treatment for, pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD).

Although previous research suggests that “white women” may be at increased risk of stress urinary incontinence, [1] and that e.g. “African-American race” may be a protective factor against objectively measured prolapse, [2] there is not only insufficient high-quality evidence to draw conclusions with respect to the impact of racial differences, as well as true prevalence of pelvic floor disorders, but also, there lack sufficiently proven reasons as to why disparities exist, leaving researchers and clinicians speculating (which, in itself, is a dangerous thing).