Self-reported urinary incontinence and factors associated with symptom severity in community dwelling adult women: Implications for women's health promotion

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Background: Urinary incontinence (UI) continues to affect millions of women worldwide and those living in resource poor settings seem to be more affected. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of UI and factors associated with UI symptom severity (UISS) among women in a selected district in India.Methods: A cross-sectional design was used to collect data from a sample of 598 community dwelling women in the age range of 20 to 60 years. Data was collected using a questionnaire survey of participants who were found in their homes.Results: The prevalence of UI was 33.8% and the majority of women had negative attitudes about the condition. For instance most women were in agreement with statements such as: UI cannot be prevented or cured (98%); women with UI are cursed (97%); women are not supposed to tell anyone about the problem (90%) and others. Of the 202 women with self-reported UI, the majority reported having moderate UISS (78%) and others rated the symptoms as mild (22%). The woman's age at first birth (p

Original languageEnglish
Article number16
JournalBMC Women's Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 8 2013



  • Attitude
  • Predictors
  • Prevalence
  • Risk factors
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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