Designing for women with pelvic floor disorder

Course Summer Scholarship Program 2015/2016

Pelvic floor muscle disorders (PFD) in women present a significant problem, both from an economic and patient perspective. Symptoms such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pain are all strongly associated with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.

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This project is developing the design of a physical device and a mobile app that take into consideration the findings from mapping the experience of potential users, and will address the issues of human experience including but not limited to privacy, intimacy and comfort, choice of materials, market segmentation, aesthetics, and manufacturing, all with the goal of helping women carry out their pelvic floor exercises.

Design team: Edgar Rodriguez, Mailin Lemke, Kah Chan

Research team: Gillian McCarthy, Helen Andreae

Assistants and summer scholars: Katie O’Brien, Holly Luxton-Russell, Evangeline Anastasia, Mahkaila Jones, Necaela Brown

Clients: Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Auckland University