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Women With Overactive Bladder (OAB) at Higher Risk for Sexual Dysfunction

Oct 02, 2017

Women With OAB at Higher Risk for Sexual Dysfunction

Women with overactive bladder (OAB) are prone to having sexual problems, scientists say. And for postmenopausal women, the severity of those problems is connected to the severity of their OAB. 

The Urological Care Foundation estimates that about 33 million Americans suffer from OAB. Up to 40% of American women have symptoms, which can include an uncontrollable urge to urinate, needing to use the bathroom more often (during the day and at night), and leaking urine (incontinence). OAB can take a great emotional toll as well, with many women feeling embarrassed and depressed. 

To find out more about the severity of OAB and its effects on women’s sex lives, researchers recruited 267 to take part in a study. All the women had been previously diagnosed with OAB and were patients in a hospital department that treated pelvic floor dysfunction. Their average age was 50 years, and just over 70% had a regular sexual partner. 

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