Prevalence of Urinary Frequency Among Women Aged 60 Years and Older in Taiwan

Ching Hung Hsieh, Wei Chun Chang, Ming I. Hsu, Meng Chih Lee, Mao Sheng Lee, Han-Sun Chiang, Shao Tung Chang, Tsung Hsien Su, Kang Ping Lu, Shu Hsin Lee, Fu Min Chen

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of daytime urinary frequency among Taiwanese women aged 60 years and older. Materials and Methods: There were an estimated 1.25 million female residents aged 60 years and over in Taiwan in 2000. A sample of 2,410 women was selected using a multistage random sampling method. Face- to-face visits with 1,523 women were completed by trained professional interviewers within 3 months of the subjects' selection. Questions about urinary frequency and other lower urinary tract symptoms, sociodemo-graphics, reproduction, and medical and surgical histories were recorded. The factors were assessed by frequency and Pearson's χ2 test using a significance level of <0.05. Results: The prevalence of urinary frequency in Taiwanese women aged 60 years and over was 18.8% (286/1,521). The response rate was 85.0% (1,521/1,789). For those who complained of frequency, 45.8% voided 8-15 times a day, 37.8% voided 16-23 times a day, 1.7% voided 24-31 times and a day, and 14.7% voided more than 31 times a day. The prevalence of urinary frequency was significantly associated with age (p <0.001). Conclusion: Urinary frequency is a common symptom in menopausal women and is significantly related to age. More than half of the women interviewed experienced intervals of <1 hour between visits to the restroom during the day.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-388
Number of pages4
JournalTaiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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Keywords

  • lower urinary tract symptoms
  • prevalence
  • urinary frequency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Medicine(all)

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Hsieh, C. H., Chang, W. C., Hsu, M. I., Lee, M. C., Lee, M. S., Chiang, H-S., Chang, S. T., Su, T. H., Lu, K. P., Lee, S. H., & Chen, F. M. (2009). Prevalence of Urinary Frequency Among Women Aged 60 Years and Older in Taiwan. Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 48(4), 385-388. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1028-4559(09)60328-4