Quality of Life and Health-seeking behaviour of women with Postpartum Urinary Incontinence
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The aims of the present study were to assess the prevalence of postpartum urinary incontinence (PUI), and to assess the quality of life (QOL) and health seeking behavior (HSB) of women with postpartum urinary incontinence.
A descriptive study, including 624 women who were 6 to 37 weeks’ postchildbirth formed the study population. Data were collected using Questionnaires for the Urinary Incontinence Diagnosis (QUID) to assess the prevalence of PUI, King's Health Questionnaire (KHQ) to assess the quality of life and Health seeking behaviors questionnaire to assess the health seeking behaviour of women with postpartum urinary incontinence.
The findings revealed that 16.67% (104 women) had symptoms of postpartum urinary incontinence. Majority of the women with PUI (84%) were either mildly, moderately or severely affected and of those affected only 23% had good health seeking behavior.
Postpartum urinary incontinence is an important but often overlooked form of morbidity in obstetrics. It is a common symptom among postnatal women which need to be addressed and reinforced by the health workers as most women suffering from it may not consider it as a disease or may not even seek for consultation due to poor or lack of knowledge.
Prevalence, postpartum urinary incontinence, QUID, KHQ, Quality of life and Health seeking behaviour of women with postpartum urinary incontinence.