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The Lessening Incontinence with Low-impact Activity (LILA) Trial: Evaluating Pelvic Yoga for Urinary Incontinence in Diverse Older Women
Alison Huang, MD, MAS

One in three midlife and older women experience urinary incontinence, but many report difficulty getting access to effective and well-tolerated treatment. Pelvic yoga has been recommended as a complementary management strategy for incontinence despite limited evidence to evaluate its effects in representative women.  In this seminar, Dr. Alison Huang describes research by the UCSF Women’s Health Clinical Research Center to develop and evaluate a therapeutic pelvic yoga program for women with incontinence, culminating in an NIH-funded multicenter trial comparing the efficacy, acceptability, and safety of the yoga program to non-specific muscle conditioning exercises among diverse women in the community.

Alison Huang, MD, MAS, is Professor in the UCSF Departments of Medicine, Urology, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Director of Research for the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Health; Director of the UCSF Women’s Health Clinical Research Center; and a clinical scientist dedicated to advancing understanding and improving management of the impact of aging on genitourinary health and women’s health. She has designed and led multiple NIH-funded randomized trials of behavioral and integrative health interventions for genitourinary health conditions in women of diverse backgrounds, including the Lessening Incontinence with Low-impact Activity (LILA) trial of a therapeutic pelvic yoga program for ambulatory older women with urinary incontinence. She has also developed and validated self-report measures of genitourinary and sexual function used in clinical studies of women with pelvic health conditions in the U.S. and internationally.

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