Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) researchers are recruiting women for a study to determine if practicing yoga will help reduce symptoms of urinary incontinence.
This trial also will evaluate associations
among stress, inflammation and incontinence. Inflammation has been linked
to urge urinary incontinence. Yoga has reduced inflammation associated with
other health conditions, but it has yet to be tested in women with urge urinary
“This study will help us determine
if yoga is a helpful way for women to self-manage their urinary incontinence
symptoms and reduce the psychological burden of living with this condition,”
said Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, APN, lead investigator, certified yoga instructor
and assistant professor and director of the Women's Health Nurse
Practitioner (WHNP) Program, MNSON.
Researchers will recruit women
between the ages of 20 and 70 with a history of urge urinary incontinence or a
sudden need to urinate followed by leaking urine. These women must not be
pregnant, have a history of autoimmune diseases, and they cannot be taking
Women involved with the study will
be randomized to either participate in twice-weekly yoga classes for 8 weeks or
a onetime educational session. They also will complete written questionnaires
and give a urine and blood sample two times during the study. Participants will
receive up to $50 for their time and travel.
Urinary incontinence (UI) is the most common pelvic floor
disorder, affecting nearly half of all women in the United States. Although millions of
women struggle with urinary incontinence, only 25 percent seek care.
Traditional medications used to treat urge urinary incontinence have multiple side
effects and may lose effectiveness over time.
“There is a critical need to evaluate alternative therapies
to manage urge urinary incontinence symptoms,” Dr. Tenfelde said. “Yoga may
offer substantial promise as a cost-effective, complementary approach to
alleviate urinary incontinence symptoms and associated distress.”
For more information, contact
Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, APN, at 708.216.9213.