Can vaginal electrical stimulation VES be used to treat sexual dysfunction in women? The pelvic floor muscles support the organs of the pelvis. Normally, they work together to promote healthy bladder and bowel control.
How does electrical stimulation work?
Study record managers: refer to the Data Element Definitions if submitting registration or results information. Many women does not know to contract the PFM voluntarily favoring the development of disorders such as urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and sexual disorders. However there are no studies in the literature that address the application of therapeutic resources available to improve the PFM awareness. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of transvaginal electrical stimulation, vaginal palpation, vaginal palpation associated with posterior pelvic tilt and contraction of accessory muscles in the acquisition of ability to contract the PFM, as well as to evaluate the sexual function of women studied. One hundred twenty women with PFM function graded 0 and 1 measured by Oxford Modified Scale will be submitted at random to physical therapy with transvaginal electrical stimulation, vaginal palpation, vaginal palpation associated with posterior pelvic tilt and contraction of accessory muscles glutes and hip adductors and the control group who receive verbal instructions related to the pelvic floor and its contraction.
Vaginal Electrical Stimulation
Female sexual dysfunction, often characterized by an inability to orgasm, affects a large number of women. However, scientists may now have stumbled upon an effective and noninvasive treatment for this condition: neuromodulation. Currently, there are few treatments for female sexual dysfunction, and these have generally been ineffective. Bruns and colleagues found that stimulating one particular spot — an area close to the tibial nerve found in the ankle — helps treat bladder dysfunction.
The pelvic floor muscles work together to keep the urinary and bowel systems working smoothly. Sometimes, the pelvic floor muscles need strengthening and toning. There are a number of different techniques that can be used, including VES. First, lubricant is applied to a small sensor, which is then placed inside the vagina. Next, a low-voltage current is delivered through the sensor. This current stimulates nerves in the muscles and makes the muscles contract — exercising them, in a sense. She or her doctor can also control the amount of time the current lasts. Usually, the procedure involves short periods of current alternating with periods of rest. Past studies have shown that VES can help women who have both pelvic floor problems and sexual issues. In a December report published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, scientists from Turkey discussed whether the technique could help women who had sexual dysfunction only, without any problems with their pelvic floor.