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The nature and severity of urinary incontinence in post-natal women
journal contributionposted on 2002-10-01, 00:00 authored by B O`Connell, Barbara Hanna, Susan Bailey, H Walsh, Amy Louise Thorpe
This study investigated the frequency, nature and experience of urinary incontinence in post-natal women. Surveys were completed by 224 women, 50% of whom indicated that they had experienced accidental urine loss. The majority of women who had experienced any symptoms were moderately to greatly bothered by them. A variety of strategies were used to manage the problem; however, 42% of the women who experienced accidental urine loss had taken no action to ease the problem. Women received information about urinary incontinence and pelvic floor exercises from a variety health care professionals, but this was not consistently provided. The implications of these findings are discussed.