Urinary incontinence type, symptoms, and quality of life: A comparison between grand multipara and non-grand multipara women aged ≥50 years

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Abstract

Aim

Parity and age are risk factors for urinary incontinence (UI). The aim of this study was to compare grand multipara women (GMP) to non-grand multipara (NGMP) women concerning UI types (stress urinary incontinence [SUI], urge urinary incontinence [UUI]), symptoms, and quality of life.

Methods

This correlation–comparative study used three tools: a demographic/health questionnaire, Questionnaire for Urinary Incontinence Diagnosis (QUID), and Incontinence Quality of Life (I-QOL).

Results

The sample included 132 women, from 50–88 years of age: 65 NGMP women (mean age: 67.23 years) and 67 GMP women (mean age: 65.04 years). The GMP group had a higher score, compared to the NGMP group, for UI type (by QUID) and a lower QOL (by I-QOL), with none of the scores found to be statistically significant. By dividing the sample into age groups, 50–59 and ≥60 years, the interaction between the parity and the age groups was found to be significant for both the SUI and UUI.

Conclusion

The innovation of this study is the in-depth insight into the association between parity and age regarding UI type.

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