Generic and disease-specific health-related quality of life in women with coital incontinence: A prospective, multicenter study

Seung June Oh, Myung Soo Choo, Hong Sik Kim, Joon Chul Kim, Jeong Gu Lee, Jong Min Yun, Duk Yoon Kim, Jae Seung Paick, Ji Youl Lee, Byung Soo Chung, Kweon Sik Min, Young Ho Kim, Hee Chang Jung, Hwancheol Son, Jeong Yun Jeong, Joon Rho, Kyu Sung Lee, Won Hee Park, Ja Hyeon Ku

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Abstract

Objective: This study was carried out to evaluate the impact of coital incontinence on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in women with lower urinary tract symptoms. Methods: A total of 180 women with sexual activity were evaluated. To obtain HRQOL assessments, patients were asked to fill out the Bristol Female Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form (SF-36) questionnaires. Results: The coital incontinence group had more frequently symptoms including urgency, urge incontinence, bladder pain, stress incontinence, unpredictable incontinence, nocturnal incontinence, reduced stream, and stopping flow than the no coital incontinence group. The frequency of incontinence and volume of leakage were also higher in the coital incontinence group than the no coital incontinence group. All symptom questions regarding sexual matters and quality of life except cutting down on fluid were more frequent in patients with coital incontinence than those without coital incontinence. Of the eight domains in the SF-36 questionnaire, five domains, namely, Physical functioning, Role-physical functioning, Social functioning, Role-emotional functioning, and Mental health were significantly different between the two groups. When comparing the Bristol Female Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms scores in the two groups, the scores in all domains except Voiding symptoms in the coital incontinence group were significantly higher than those in the no coital incontinence group. Patients with coital incontinence had more HRQOL impairment than those without coital incontinence. Conclusions: Our study reveals that more emphasis should be placed on coital incontinence in the terminology of urinary incontinence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-67
Number of pages6
JournalGynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan

Keywords

  • Coitus
  • Quality of life
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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    Oh, S. J., Choo, M. S., Kim, H. S., Kim, J. C., Lee, J. G., Yun, J. M., Kim, D. Y., Paick, J. S., Lee, J. Y., Chung, B. S., Min, K. S., Kim, Y. H., Jung, H. C., Son, H., Jeong, J. Y., Rho, J., Lee, K. S., Park, W. H., & Ku, J. H. (2008). Generic and disease-specific health-related quality of life in women with coital incontinence: A prospective, multicenter study. Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, 65(1), 62-67. https://doi.org/10.1159/000107978