Simple test of pelvic muscle contraction during pelvic examination: Correlation to surface electromyography Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Androgens
  • Anti-Obesity Agents
  • Bupropion
  • Naltrexone
  • Obesity
  • Testosterone
  • Weight Gain


  • The objective of this work was to evaluate the utility of a "Kegel" contraction test in a primary care setting. Fifty-seven adult women completed a questionnaire, underwent pelvic examination, "Kegel" assessment, and measurement of same by vaginal sensor electromyography. Thirty-seven underwent repeat evaluations within 4 weeks. Inter- and intra-rater reliability of digital scale, intra-rater reliability for sEMG measurement, correlation between raters and sEMG, and correlation between scale scores and sEMG with history and pelvic exam were determined. Fifty-six percent were pre-menopausal, 44% post-menopausal. Urinary (62%) and rectal (37%) dysfunction were reported. Inter-rater reliability, intra-observer reproducibility for both raters and sEMG measurements, and correlation between raters and sEMG were significant (P< 0.05). Comparison of continence status and digital scores showed scores

publication date

  • November 18, 1999



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6777(1999)18:6<603::AID-NAU10>3.0.CO;2-H

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