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The effect of urinary incontinence and overactive bladder symptoms on quality of life in young women.
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PMID:  12230614     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the consequences that the symptoms of urinary incontinence and an overactive bladder have on the quality of life in young, community-dwelling women. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A population-based, cross-sectional cohort study was conducted in women aged 20-45 years. Urogenital symptoms and quality of life were assessed using standardized questionnaires, e.g. the Urogenital Distress Inventory and Incontinence Impact Questionnaire. RESULTS: The prevalence of symptoms of stress incontinence (39%), urge incontinence (15%) and an overactive bladder (12%) was high in this young population. Compared with urge incontinence, the symptoms of an overactive bladder similarly reduced the quality of life, but stress incontinence did not significantly affect the quality of life. Women with symptoms of an overactive bladder were especially limited in their mobility, whereas urge incontinence was especially associated with feelings of embarrassment. Although many women reported to be bothered by their symptoms, only a minority consulted their physician for them. CONCLUSIONS: The symptoms of urinary incontinence and overactive bladder are common among young adult women and have the same detrimental effect on quality of life as urge incontinence. The reduction in mobility associated with overactive bladder symptoms may be especially distressing for these young and active women.
C H van der Vaart; J R J de Leeuw; J P W R Roovers; A P M Heintz
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BJU international     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1464-4096     ISO Abbreviation:  BJU Int.     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-09-16     Completed Date:  2002-10-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100886721     Medline TA:  BJU Int     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  544-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Group of Pelvic Floor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Cohort Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Middle Aged
Quality of Life*
Regression Analysis
Urinary Bladder Diseases / complications*,  psychology
Urinary Incontinence / etiology*
Urinary Incontinence, Stress / etiology

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