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The impact of female urinary incontinence and urgency on quality of life and partner relationship
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
2009 (English)In: Neurourology and Urodynamics, ISSN 0733-2467, E-ISSN 1520-6777, Vol. 28, no 8, 976-981 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIMS: To examine the impact of female urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency on quality of life, and partner relationship in women (18-74 years) and their partners, and make comparisons with the corresponding age groups in a Swedish population-based study.

METHODS: Women with urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency (n = 206) completed specific questionnaires concerning medical history and the Bristol Female Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms questionnaire. Women who had a stable relationship (n = 170) also answered a questionnaire regarding psychosocial situation, partner relationship and sexual life, and were asked to give a similar questionnaire to their partner. Totally, 109 partners participated.

RESULTS: The vast majority of the women considered that their urinary problems affected their physical activities negatively and almost half reported negative consequences for social life and joint activities. One third of both women and men experienced a negative impact on their relationship and about every fifth felt it had a harmful influence on physical proximity, intimacy, affection, and warmth. Compared to the older women, the younger were less satisfied with their psychological health, sexual life, leisure and financial situation, and compared to the younger men, the young women were less content with their somatic health. Overall, women with urinary problems and their partners were less satisfied with their somatic health than the corresponding age groups in the national population-based study.

CONCLUSIONS: Female urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency significantly impair the quality of life in both younger and older women, and also have negative effects on the partner relationship and the partner's life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 28, no 8, 976-981 p.
Keyword [en]
frequency;partner relationship;quality of life;urgency;urinary incontinence
National Category
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-36783DOI: 10.1002/nau.20709PubMedID: 19229955OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-36783DiVA: diva2:356213
Available from: 2010-10-11 Created: 2010-10-11 Last updated: 2013-08-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Female urinary incontinence: impact on sexual life and psychosocial wellbeing in patients and partners, and patient-reported outcome after surgery
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Female urinary incontinence: impact on sexual life and psychosocial wellbeing in patients and partners, and patient-reported outcome after surgery
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Urinary incontinence (UI) and urgency are common conditions and can have a profound influence on many aspects of life. Approximately one in four women has UI and one in ten has daily symptoms. Knowledge is lacking, however, on the impact of UI and urgency on the lives of affected women and their partners and on the situation of women with urinary leakage one year postoperatively.

Aims: To study the consequences of female UI and urgency for patients and their partners on quality of life (QoL), the partner relationship, and their sexual lives. Also to evaluate the success rates of three operation methods: tension-free vaginal tape (TVT), tension-free vaginal tape-obturator (TVT-O), and transobturator tape (TOT) for stress urinary incontinence (SUI), with a particular focus on women who still have urinary leakage one year after surgery.

Methods: Women seeking healthcare for UI and/or urgency and their partners were invited to answer questionnaires. The women completed disease-specific questionnaires and both the women (n = 206) and their partners (n = 109) answered questions about their psychosocial situation, partner relationship, and sexual life. Patient-reported outcomes one year after surgery with TVT, TVT-O, or TOT (n = 3334) were derived from the Swedish National Quality Register for Gynaecological Surgery.

Results: Most of the women reported that their urinary problems negatively affected their physical activities, and almost half reported negative consequences for their social life. Women aged 25–49 years were less satisfied with their psychological health, sexual life, and leisure than women aged 50–74 years. One third of both the women and their partners (all the partners were men) experienced a negative impact on their relationship, and sexual life was negatively affected in almost half of the women and one in five of their men. Coital incontinence was reported in one third of the women. Most of their men did not consider this a problem, but the majority of the affected women did.

Satisfaction with outcome of the operation did not differ between TVT, TVT-O, and TOT, but TVT showed a higher success rate for SUI than TOT did. Higher age, higher body mass index, a diagnosis of mixed urinary incontinence, and a history of urinary leakage in combination with urgency each constitute a risk for a lower operation success rate. After one year, 29% of the women still had some form of UI, but half of these were satisfied with the outcome and most reported fewer negative impacts on family, social, working, and sexual life than before the operation.

Conclusions: Female UI and/or urgency impaired QoL, particularly in young women, and had negative effects on partner relationships and on some partners’ lives. Sexual life was also affected, more often in women with UI and/or urgency than in their partners. At one-year follow-up after surgery, about one third of the women still had some form of UI, but the negative impact on their lives was reduced. A challenge for health care professionals is to initiate a dialogue with women with urinary symptoms about sexual function and what surgery can realistically be expected to accomplish.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2012. 57 p.
Series
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1488
Keyword
female, partner relationship, patient-reported outcomes, overactive bladder, sexual life, social impact, suburethral slings, quality of life, urgency, urinary incontinence
National Category
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Research subject
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55006 (URN)978-91-7459-393-8 (ISBN)
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2012-06-01, Bergasalen, Södra entrén, by 27, Norrlands universitetssjukhus, Umeå, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2012-05-11 Created: 2012-05-07 Last updated: 2012-05-11Bibliographically approved

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