Adult female urinary incontinence and childhood bedwetting

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  • Anders Foldspang, Denmark
  • S. Mommsen, Denmark
  • Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine
A cross-sectional random population sample of women 30 to 59 years old was sent a questionnaire on urinary incontinence and, among other things, childhood bedwetting. Among 2,613 responders 17.0% reported prevalent urinary incontinence (14.7% stress provoked, 8.3% associated with urge, 6.8% stress and urge overlap, 2.2% occurring especially during sleep and 3.9% occurring especially when anxious), and 6.5% reported childhood bedwetting after age 5 years and 3.3% after age 10 years. Childhood bedwetting was associated with prevalent urge urinary incontinence (p < 0.01) and incontinence occurring during sleep (p < 0.0001) but was less marked with urinary incontinence occurring in situations of anxiety (p < 0.025). It is concluded that some individuals suffer a long-lasting disturbance of the balance between micturition and sleep processes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Urology
Pages (from-to)85-8
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1994

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