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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2004;47(2):287-294.
Published online February 1, 2004.
A Study on the Improvement of Urinary Incontinence Symptoms and Sexual Function in Patients with Urinary Incontinence before and after Extracorporeal Magnetic Innervation (ExMI) Therapy.
Jung Hun Lee, Hyoung Moon Kim, In Whan Shin, Jin Kyoung Kim, Kye Hyun Kim, Seon Woong Yoon, Joong Sub Choi, Kyo Won Lee, Sung Do Kim, Jong Sul Han
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University, School of Medicine, Korea.
2Kangbuk Samsung Hospital Urinary-Incontinence Clinic, Seoul, Korea.
This study was designed to assess the effect of extracorporeal magnetic innervation (ExMI) therapy for urinary incontinence and sexual function. METHODS: Fifty female patients with urinary incontinence were prospectively studied. Their mean age was 47.2 years, and the mean duration of symptoms was 6.7 years. All they had a history of previous vaginal delivery and mixed urinary incontinence symptoms. Evaluation before treatment included urine analysis and culture for excluding urinary infection, physical examination including neurologic and gynecologic evaluation for structural abnormality, vaginal pressure measurement with perineometer and quality of life survey with questionnaire. For the treatment, the patients were seated fully clothed in a Neocontrol chair with a magnetic field therapy. Treatment sessions were for 20 minutes, twices a week for the average 8 weeks. At one week after ExMI therapy, vaginal pressure measurement and quality of life survey (including questions of patient and patient's husband for satisfaction degree of their sexual life) were repeated. The comparison of incontinence symptoms, qulity of life (including sexual life) and vaginal pressure measurement before and after ExMI therapy were assessed. RESULTS: The results were as follows 1) The mean of urge incontinence symptoms score was increased 3.06 to 4.60 after ExMI (P<0.05). 2) The mean of stress incontinence symptoms score was increased 3.08 to 4.57 after ExMI (P<0.05). 3) The mean of quality of life (QoL) score was increased 3.36 to 4.77 after ExMI (P<0.05). 4) The mean of quality of sexual life (QoSL) score was increased 3.70 to 4.92 after ExMI (P<0.05). 5) The mean of vaginal pressure and duration of pelvic floor muscle contraction after ExMI were increased with startistical significance. CONCLUSION: Our results suggested that ExMI therapy might be effective for not only urinary incontinence but also improvement of sexual function.
Key Words: ExMI, Urinary incontinence, Sexual function

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