Urinary symptoms and incontinence in postmenopausal women and the effects on quality of life

Demirtas F. A., BAŞAR F., ABA Y. A.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF UROLOGICAL NURSING, vol.16, no.3, pp.225-233, 2022 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ijun.12322
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, CINAHL
  • Page Numbers: pp.225-233
  • Keywords: postmenopause, quality of life, urinary incontinence, urinary symptom, woman, TRACT SYMPTOMS, RISK-FACTORS, PREVALENCE, BLADDER
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


This study was conducted to determine the effects of urinary symptoms and incontinence on quality of life in postmenopausal women. The sample of the cross-sectional study consisted of 327 women aged 50-65 who visited primary healthcare centers between 16 April and 30 July 2018. The data were collected using a personal information form, the Urinary Symptom Profile Questionnaire (USP) and the Incontinence Quality of Life Scale (I-QOL). The mean age of the women participating in the study was 57.89 +/- 5.05. It was found that 50.5% of the women had a history of incontinence. While the total mean USP score of all women participating in the study was 4.94 +/- 4.81, it was 7.98 +/- 4.85 for the women with a history of incontinence. The mean total I-QOL score was 87.09 +/- 16.04 in all women and 76.95 +/- 16.93 in the women with a history of incontinence. The women with a history of incontinence were found to have a strong negative correlation between their total USP and total I-QOL scores. In this study, it was found that the quality of life of women with urinary incontinence, especially their psychosocial health, was found to be significantly affected.