ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Prevalence of Symptomatic Pelvic Floor Disorders in US Women Ingrid Nygaard, MD, MS Context Pelvic floor disorders (urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse) affect many women. No national prevalence estimates derived from Matthew D. Barber, MD, MHS the same population-based sample exists for multiple pelvic floor disorders in women Kathryn L. Burgio, PhD in the United States. Kimberly Kenton, MD, MS Objective To provide national prevalence estimates of symptomatic pelvic floor dis- Susan Meikle, MD, MSPH orders in US women. Joseph Schaffer, MD Design, Setting, and Participants A cross-sectional analysis of 1961 nonpreg- nant women (20 years) who participated in the 2005-2006 National Health and Nu- Cathie Spino, DSc trition Examination Survey, a nationally representative survey of the US noninstitu- William E. Whitehead, PhD tionalized population. Women were interviewed in their homes and then underwent standardized physical examinations in a mobile examination center. Urinary inconti- Jennifer Wu, MD, MPH nence (score of 3 on a validated incontinence severity index, constituting moderate Debra J. Brody, MPH to severe leakage), fecal incontinence (at least monthly leakage of solid, liquid, or mu- for the Pelvic Floor Disorders cous stool), and pelvic organ prolapse (seeing/feeling a bulge in or
JAMA – American Medical Association
Published: Sep 17, 2008
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