Urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction and quality of life among married women older than 20, in Ankara Gulveren Health Clinic Region Ankara gülveren saǧlik ocaǧi bölgesi'nde 20 yaş üzeri evli kadinlarda üriner i̇nkontinans, cinsel disfonksiyon ve yaşam kalitesi

Özdemir E., ÖZERDOĞAN N. , Ünsal A.

Turkiye Klinikleri Jinekoloji Obstetrik, vol.21, no.4, pp.266-276, 2011 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : Turkiye Klinikleri Jinekoloji Obstetrik
  • Page Numbers: pp.266-276


Objective: To identify urinary incontinence (UI) among married women, evaluate the relationship between UI and quality of life and sexual dysfunction. Material and Methods: The study is a cross-sectional research conducted among married women older than 20, who live in the Ankara Gulveren Health Clinic region, between 15th May 2008-06th October 2009. The study group consisted of 610 women. The questionnaire form which was prepared in parallel to the objectives of the study was filled by the women during a face to face interview. The presence of urinary incontinence, the type and severity was evaluated according to the criteria put forth by the International Continence Association. SF-36 scale was used in evaluating the quality of life. Index of Female Sexual Function (IFSF) was used in evaluating sexual function. The data was analyzed using chi-square, Studentt test, one way analysis of variance. Statistical significance was accepted to be as p< 0.0. Results: In our study the prevalence of UI was identified to be 22.6% (n= 138). Among women who suffer from UI, the points in all sections of the SF-36 scale, were lower than women who did not suffer from UI. (for every section; p< 0.05). As the severity of UI increased, the average points obtained in the physical function, body pain and social function sections lowered, (for every section; p< 0.05). In women with mixed UI, the average points obtained in the energy-livelihood, emotional and physical sections were lower than those of patients with stres UI. (for every section; p< 0.05). In the study group the prevalence of sexual dysfunction was identified to be 31.1% (n= 190). As the severity of UI increased, the prevalence of sexual dysfuction increased (p< 0.05). Sexual dysfunction was most common among patients with Urge UI (p< 0.05). Conclusion: UI is a common problem among women and effect the quality of life and sexual life. It is important to prevent early marriages for reduce the prevalence of UI. The studies are should be conducted to determine the UI women who with chronic disease in the menopausal period, more than the number of births and older. Copyright © 2011 by Türkiye Klinikleri.