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Psychiatric Disorders and Sexual Trauma are Associated with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms

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Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) are a common problem leading to urgency or increased frequency of urination. Prevalence increases with age. Depression, anxiety disorders and sexual trauma are factors that increase the risk of urinary tract disorders leading to incontinence and inactive bladder.

A study was conducted among 121 women referred to a specialized urology clinic and they were evaluated for lower urinary tract symptoms. It was noted that women referred to urology clinics had higher rates of psychiatric disorder and sexual trauma when compared to those referred to primary care clinics for LUTS. Secondly, separate analysis reported that younger women aged lesser than 50 years and with history of miscarriage scored higher in urogenital distress. Higher scores were also reported in incontinence impact with the presence of psychiatric disorders and a history of miscarriage.

Influence of psychiatric disorders and sexual trauma are higher in older women resulting in an increased incidence of lower urinary tract symptoms. Psychiatric disorders and sexual trauma have an impact on the type, severity and quality of life associated with low upper tract symptoms in women. Higher prevalence rate is reported in women veterans with psychiatric conditions and sexual trauma presenting for evaluation of low urinary tract symptoms.

Source: http://www.jurology.com/webfileshttp://admin.healthplus24.com/images/journals/JURO/juro_pr_182_6.pdf

Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: December 07, 2014