Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence Common in Middle-Aged Women

December 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — According to research released online November 12 at Menopause.

Kazue Nagai, Ph.D., from Gunma University in Japan, and colleagues investigated the prevalence and factors associated with urinary symptoms in women. The analysis included 12,198 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study in Japan (mean age 46.5 years).

The researchers found that the prevalence of OAB was 9.5% (OAB with urinary incontinence). [wet], 5.4 percent; OAB without UI was 4.1 percent), while the prevalence of stress UI (without OAB-wet) was 13.9 percent and the prevalence of mixed UI was 2.1 percent. There was a significant association between OAB and age 45 to 54 years, and a moderate association between postmenopausal status and OAB. In a multivariate-adjusted model, significant associations with stress urinary incontinence (without OAB-wet) were found among the age groups 45 to 49 years and 50 to 54 years, with a body mass index of 23 to 27.4 and ≥27.5 kg / m2 and giving birth status.

“This study highlights how common urinary incontinence is in women,” Stephanie Fobion, MD, medical director of the North American Menopause Society, said in a statement. “Given the significant negative impact on quality of life and the existence of effective strategies for managing these burdensome symptoms, clinicians should routinely ask women about urinary incontinence.”

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