Invited Commentary

  • Paul Riss


There is some discrepancy between what gynecologists and what other specialties mean by “perineum”. To an obstetrician/gynecologist, the term perineum denotes the area between the vaginal introitus (the posterior fourchette) and the anus. This area is stretched during vaginal childbirth, is cut when an episiotomy is done, and may be torn during vaginal childbirth. For this reason, the term “perineology” has not yet become popular in urogynecology, because gynecologists feel that they always should look at the whole pelvic floor and the organs in the small pelvis.


Pelvic Floor Pelvic Organ Prolapse Pelvic Floor Disorder Anatomical Defect Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Riss
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  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyLandesklinikum Thermenregion MoedlingMoedlingAustria

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