PTSD & UI
Women veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) are more likely to have problems of urinary incontinence (“UI”), according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
This study interviewed 968 women veterans registered at two VAMCs in Iowa City and Des Moines. The study was conducted on veterans 20 to 52 years of age from July 2006 until September 2008 through the use of computer-assisted telephone interviews. The study focused on women veterans suffering from depression and PTSD.
The results of the study showed that UI symptoms are prevalent and bothersome in young and middle-aged women veterans. PTSD was found to be independently associated with UI in women veterans. However, the study found that veterans suffering from depression did not have the same association with UI as those with PTSD.
In other words, the study found that women with UI are more likely to have PTSD and poorer mental health-related quality of life than women veterans with no UI. Additional research to into the link between UI and PTSD is needed to understand this problem and perhaps provide solutions for these women veterans who have selflessly served our country overseas.
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