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Treatment seeking behavior for urinary incontinence among north Indian women

, : Treatment seeking behavior for urinary incontinence among north Indian women. Indian Journal of Medical Sciences 62(9): 352-356

Urinary incontinence is a common but neglected problem of women. To ascertain the treatment seeking behavior of north Indian women having urinary incontinence (UI). Two residential colonies of Chandigarh. Cross-sectional face-to-face interview based study. This study was conducted by a trained nurse during April 2005-July 2005 among women aged 18 years and above. Women with UI were identified in a screening survey. They were interviewed individually regarding their treatment seeking behavior and socio-demographic data. Percentage, mean, standard deviation, chi-square test. Of the 220 enlisted incontinent women 20% (44) women consulted some health agency. Only 8.6% (19) women had heard about pelvic floor muscle exercises. Seventy-two percent (158) cases had UI for more than one year. The most common reason quoted for not seeking treatment was, 'UI was considered as 'normal', 'did not take it seriously' and 'shyness.' Many (153;70%) women reported that UI affected their daily routine as well as social activities like shopping and visiting friends. Urinary incontinence seriously affected the quality of life of women. Still, consultation rate for UI was low in the north Indian women.


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