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Stress Urinary Incontinence and The Quality of Life of Physical Active Woman

Pia Tajnik
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

Patricija Goubar
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

Stress urinary incontinence negatively affects the quality of life from both a functional and psychological point of view. Since many women face urine leakage and for many of them that is an obstacle for regular physical activity, we have decided to determine the impact of stress urinary incontinence on the quality of life of women, who are regularly physically active. It is also in our interest to find out how many women train their pelvic floor muscles as part of managing stress urinary incontinence problems for preventive purposes and for the ability to continue performing selected physical activities. Methodology: We used a quantitative research method using a questionnaire. The sample included women aged 18-30 years, who are regular physical activities. We statistically processed and analyzed the obtained measurement data with the help of descriptive statistics (averages, standard deviations). Results: We have found that just under a third (57.9%) of the 57 respondents had problems with urine leakage at least once a week to several times a day, of which 29.8% had known problems with stress urinary incontinence. Most women experience leaking a small amount of urine (26.3%); for urine to run down the legs does not happen in any of the respondents. Urinary leakage problems are at the forefront of 8 women's physical activity, with 9 citing extreme to moderate frustration and activity prevention. We also find that urine leakage problems do not remove the respondents' self-esteem. Discussion: We found that in our sample, women who do not have problems with stress urinary incontinence live a better quality of life. Urinary incontinence has an impact on the quality of regular physical activity, but does not affect on the decision of the respondent to regularly train the pelvic floor muscles as part of the managment of involuntary leakage of urine.

 

 


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