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Sexual trauma also associated with women’s urinary tract symptoms

Psychiatric disorders and sexual trauma in women increase the risk of lower urinary tract symptoms, such as incontinence and overactive bladder, a new study finds.

U.S. researchers analyzed the answers in two questionnaires — the Urogenital Distress Inventory-6 and Incontinence Impact Questionnaire-7 — completed by 121 female veterans referred to a specialized urology clinic for evaluation of lower urinary tract symptoms. The researchers also examined the women’s mental health, history of sexual trauma, age, race and obstetric history. The women were compared to a control group of 1,298 women.

Compared to those in the control group, the women in the lower urinary tract symptoms group had higher rates of psychiatric disorders (64.5 percent versus 25.9 percent) and sexual trauma (49.6 percent versus 20.1 percent). Further analysis revealed that women who were younger than 50 and had a history of miscarriage had higher Urogenital Distress Inventory-6 scores, while those with psychiatric disorders and a history of miscarriage had higher Incontinence Impact Questionnaire-7 scores.

“This is the first study to our knowledge to characterize the association of psychiatric comorbidities and sexual trauma with the type, severity and quality-of-life impact of lower urinary tract symptoms in women using validated surveys. The prevalence of psychiatric comorbidities and sexual trauma is high in women veterans presenting for evaluation of lower urinary tract symptoms,” wrote Dr. Adam P. Klausner, an associate professor and director of neurourology, female urology and voiding dysfunction at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, and colleagues.

The study was released online Oct. 22 in advance of publication in the December print issue of the Journal of Urology.

SOURCE: Journal of Urology, news release, Oct. 22, 2009

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Women who have been sexually abused have to cope with a double trauma. Sexual abuse is the worst intrusion a woman could ever endure. The women close up and don’t speak about it due to the stigma attached. Women carry the shame when it is NOT their fault. It leaves many scars and burdens them so much that they block out this horror until one day it is thrown back at them with a force that is harder than the punch of Mohammed Ali. Many women live in fear and the fear is exasperated when they become incontinent. Another thing they have to  hide and cope with in silence.

It is time women took their life back. Taking the first step is always the most difficult. Analysing what makes us behave in certain ways allow us to deal with and face our demons.

One group of women who have  never met face to face write out their experiences and help each other on a forum. Cheaper than speaking to a doctor and relating with other women who have experienced the same things. It is time to take control and stop hiding behind the mask.

A lot of medical conditions relate to our mental state of mind.

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