Risk factors and prevalence of urinary incontinence in postmenopausal women living in Turkey

Senturk S., Kara M.

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, vol.39, no.1, pp.69-71, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.69-71
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose of investigation: To detect the prevalence, types and risk factors of urinary incontinence (UI) in postmenopausal women. Methods: Three-hundred and thirty-three patients who were referred to our Menopause Clinic between August 2008 and May 2009 were included in the study according to the acceptance criteria. A detailed questionnaire was completed by the patients who were between 31-65 years of age. Results: The mean age was 52.5 and the mean age at which menopause symptoms started was 45.8. The prevalence of urinary incontinence was found to be 45.6%. The most frequently seen UI type was mixed urinary incontinence (68.4%). Advanced age, vaginal delivery, high BMI and no hormone replacement therapy were regarded as significant risk factors. Conclusion: UI is a common problem influencing the social experience of postmenopausal women. The prevalence of UI was detected as 45.6% in our study. The quality of life in postmenopausal women can be augmentated by diagnosing the risk factors of UI and making an effort to improve the condition.