Prevalence and associated factors of urinary tract infection among female students in university of Babylon, Iraq
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All individuals are susceptible to Urinary Tract Infection (UTI); however the prevalence of infection differs with age, sex and certain predisposing factors. Urinary tract infections (UTI) are common problems in the female population. They are familiar to many women. Approximately 50% of all women have at least one such infection in their lifetime.
Aims of the present study was to describe the prevalence of urinary tract infection (UTI) and associated factors among young female university students.
A descriptive analytic design was conducted on Probability (purposive sample) of (610) students at University of Babylon, college of Nursing, A questionnaire has been used as a tool of data collection for the period from February -May 2016 consists of four parts; including: Socio Demographic data, clinical features, behaviors and practices and specific practices. A descriptive and inferential statistical analyses are used to analyze the data.
The results of the study revealed that the highest percentage of the sample reported at age ranged (21–23) yrs. and they are accounted (44.3%), the highest percentage of the sample are single, Study revealed that (75.4%) of them their Body mass index at more than (22.01) level. (62.6%) have history of Previous UTI, study declared that most of the students (82.3%) wear tight under-wear, majority of them (64.9%) sometimes urinate at night. At the same time results showed that only (6.7%) used analgesic to relief pain. The current study concluded that, however majority of female students change their underwear frequently but the of rate of occurrence was high (93.2%).
Female nursing students need to emphasis the value of changing their pads and underwear during the cycle and they have to be aware of the issues of hygiene in general and particularly their underwear clothes.
Female, Nursing students, UTI.