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New Continence Study from the Canadian Continence Foundation

"The prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI), and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) increases in association with age. Data from Canada were last obtained in 2008 in the Canadian Urinary Bladder Survey, the first cross-sectional Canada wide epidemiological study to determine prevalence and severity of UI and LUTS in men and women. Despite the high prevalence of IU/LUTS, few people view their symptoms as a problem or burden and fewer still express a felt need for help. In the Leicestershire MRC incontinence study only 2% of respondents reported symptoms which were bothersome and also socially disabling. The majority viewed their synmptoms as a minor inconvenience, althought many more of those over 80 years of age reported bothersome symptoms compared to those aged in their 40s, with 15.3% versus 1.6% respectively reporting felt need. The aim of this study, in a nationally representative sample, was to update current data on the prevalence of UI, examine felt need for care, the extent to which these conditions are felt to be "taboo" and the experience of care, where saught."

Read the full study here.

CSPM MUS Bulletin: Official Response to the June 2020 CMQ rapport d’enquête

CSPM releases this CSPM MUS Bulletin in response to the June 2020 CMQ rapport d’enquête entitled Les complications liées à la mise en place d’une bandelette sous-urétrale. This report is the latest effort by a regulatory body to address complications related to mesh-based surgery for pelvic floor disorders, but is not unique as similar mandates have been previously enacted in Australia, Scotland, Britain, and the US. All of these regulatory efforts are driven by distraught patients who cannot find providers to manage their complications. Within Canada, these patients are also vulnerable to profit driven “experts” in the US that take advantage of their misery and lack of alternatives, while bankrupting provincial service plans. As the premier Canadian organization in the field of pelvic medicine, CSPM has a responsibility to address this care gap. The responsibility is not just to patients, but also to providers that manage these complications, as a failure to provide care for these women, will lead to further restriction on surgical choices. Again, please read CSPM's response HERE.

Two Intraoperative Techniques for Midurethral Sling Tensioning

Evaluation of a Mayo Scissor as a suburethral spacer compared with a Babcock clamp holding a loop of tape under the urethra results in different rates of abnormal bladder outcomes 12 months after retropubic midurethral sling surgery. Information about how the postoperative courses differ, allows surgeons to better counsel patients preoperatively or tailor their choice of technique. Read More...

June 2020 Report from Collège des médecins du Québec

As a point of information, The Canadian Society for Pelvic Medicine wants our members and other stakeholders to be aware of the following report released in June 2020 entitled: Les complications liées à la mise en place d’une bandelette sous-urétrale. We are working on a bilingual response, providing important information related to this subject and will be identifying Canadian Centres that will see patients with mesh complications. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days!

June 15-21 is World Continence Week 2020

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The World Federation of Incontinence and Pelvic Problems (WFIPP) will be updating the WCW 2020 page daily, so make sure to check back each day for new activities and content!

Click here for more information

June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month

In recognition of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Month, CSPM would like to share some resources with you through our affiliation with the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA).

Resource Sheet: https://www.yourpelvicfloor.org/media/2019-06-pop-awareness-FV-1.pdf

Patient Information Page: https://www.yourpelvicfloor.org/conditions/pelvic-organ-prolapse/ *available in multiple languages including English and French

Take advantage of these resources in support of our mission to promote excellence in care, education and research, advocating for better health for those affected by pelvic floor disorders.

The Top 5 Selected Abstracts

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for submitting your abstracts to the annual CSPM meeting.

Unfortunately, we were not able to hold the April 18, 2020 annual CSPM meeting due to COVID-19 restrictions. We recognize the effort put into your research work and we have proceeded with judging the submitted abstracts. Abstracts were anonymized and reviewed by 4 independent reviewers who did not submit an abstract to the meeting: 2 local and 2 external reviewers.

The top 5 abstracts were to be presented at the meeting but now instead have been posted on the CSPM website.

Resource for Patients: CSPM Telemedicine Providers

The coronavirus pandemic has been a challenge for all of us, including patients who are now left wondering if or when it will be safe to resume scheduling face-to-face appointments. The pandemic has resulted in an increase in the use of telemedicine, and to that end, we are sharing the list below of CSPM members who are conducting virtual appointments with patients via telemedicine.

If you are CSPM member and interested in being included on this list, please email your information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..