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The topic of pelvic floor assessment is increasingly attracting attention from gynaecologists, colorectal surgeons, urologists and physiotherapists. This is not surprising, many women who have given birth naturally are affected by pelvic floor trauma, and so are their partners. Health professionals deal with the eventual consequences of such trauma, especially pelvic organ prolapse and faecal incontinence.

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Hans Peter Dietz, Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nepean Clinical School, University of Sydney, Nepean Hospital, Penrith NSW 2750, Australia.
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