Prevalence of urinary incontinence in young and middle-aged women in an Italian urban area

Salvatore Siracusano, Roberto Pregazzi, Gianluca D'Aloia, Andrea Sartore, Paolo Di Benedetto, Valentina Pecorari, Secondo Guaschino, Giovanni Pappagallo, Emanuele Belgrano

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Objective: To investigate by questionnaire the prevalence and characteristics of urinary incontinence (UI) in a female population aged between 18 and 49. Study design: Of 44,095 females aged 18-49.9 living in our urban area a sample of 10,000 subjects was sent a questionnaire and 3557 replied. The age-based analysis was performed on 2900 of these. Results: The overall prevalence of UI was 20%. 11% had suffered from nocturnal enuresis before 18 years old, 47% of parous women noted a relationship between the beginning of UI and delivery. Among the incontinent women 83% lost urine with physical exertion, and 44% had urge incontinence, 18% used diapers, 20% had consulted a physician and half of these had been referred for medical, surgical or rehabilitative therapy, 50% reported past or present urinary infections, 8% complained also of faecal incontinence, 22% considered loss of urine embarrassing and humiliating but only 6% revealed frustration and 2% were obliged to stay at home for long periods of time. Of the incontinents 62% defined themselves anxious or nervous and 22% of these ascribed an increase of urinary leakage to anxiety or to nervousness, 9% reported use of antidepressant drugs, 85% had sexual intercourse and only 2% considered UI as an impediment to a satisfying sexual activity. Conclusions: UI is a common problem in young women. Urge incontinence seems to be prevalent in

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-204
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Volume107
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 25 2003

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Urinary Incontinence
Urge Urinary Incontinence
Anxiety
Urine
Nocturnal Enuresis
Physical Exertion
Fecal Incontinence
Frustration
Coitus
Sexual Behavior
Antidepressive Agents
Physicians
Infection
Population
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Female urinary incontinence
  • Reproductive age

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  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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Prevalence of urinary incontinence in young and middle-aged women in an Italian urban area. / Siracusano, Salvatore; Pregazzi, Roberto; D'Aloia, Gianluca; Sartore, Andrea; Di Benedetto, Paolo; Pecorari, Valentina; Guaschino, Secondo; Pappagallo, Giovanni; Belgrano, Emanuele.

In: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Vol. 107, No. 2, 25.04.2003, p. 201-204.

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Siracusano, S, Pregazzi, R, D'Aloia, G, Sartore, A, Di Benedetto, P, Pecorari, V, Guaschino, S, Pappagallo, G & Belgrano, E 2003, 'Prevalence of urinary incontinence in young and middle-aged women in an Italian urban area', European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 107, no. 2, pp. 201-204. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0301-2115(02)00407-4
Siracusano, Salvatore ; Pregazzi, Roberto ; D'Aloia, Gianluca ; Sartore, Andrea ; Di Benedetto, Paolo ; Pecorari, Valentina ; Guaschino, Secondo ; Pappagallo, Giovanni ; Belgrano, Emanuele. / Prevalence of urinary incontinence in young and middle-aged women in an Italian urban area. In: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. 2003 ; Vol. 107, No. 2. pp. 201-204.
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