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The Use of HIFEM Technology in the Treatment of Pelvic Floor Muscles as a Cause of Female Sexual Dysfunction: A Multi-Center Pilot Study | Abstract
Journal of Women's Health Care

Journal of Women's Health Care
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-0420

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Abstract

The Use of HIFEM Technology in the Treatment of Pelvic Floor Muscles as a Cause of Female Sexual Dysfunction: A Multi-Center Pilot Study

Hlavinka TC, Turčan P and Bader A

Introduction: Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM) supports the pelvic floor organs, control continence and is crucial for adequate genital arousal and attainment of an orgasm. Due to the aging process, post-delivery condition or menopause, the PFM weaken. Therefore, they do not provide sufficient support to pelvic organs, bladder control, and they may negatively affect intimate satisfaction.

Aim: We aimed to investigate the High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology for strengthening of PFM in women with impeded sexual functioning.

Methods: 30 women (average age 36.41 ± 5.62) with limited arousal, ability to achieve orgasm and painful intercourse participated in the study. Patients underwent 6 treatments (28 minutes each) scheduled twice a week. Standardized Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) questionnaire was used pre-, post-treatment, and at the 3- month follow-up visit. FSFI scores were statistically evaluated through student´s t-test (?=0.05). Subsequently, Pearson correlation coefficient was calculated for sections arousal/lubrication, lubrication/orgasm, orgasm/ satisfaction, and pain/desire.

Results: The average total FSFI score significantly (p<0.001) increased from 20.06 ± 6.55 to 30.69 ± 7.55 posttreatment and to 30.29 ± 7.37 during the 3-month follow-up. A significant improvement was observed in all FSFI sections. The most significant change at the 3-month follow-up was observed in desire (76%), satisfaction (76%) and orgasm (60%) items. The overall FSFI score was improved in 93% (n=28) of patients post-treatment. All patients (n=30; 100%) showed improvement during the 3-month follow-up.

Conclusion: Our initial experience shows that HIFEM technology is a promising method in addressing women’s decreased sexual satisfaction through the strengthening of PFM.