Constipated women are more likely to experience urinary incontinence

  • Int Urogynecol J
  • 4 Apr 2019

  • International Clinical Digest
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Takeaway

  • A new meta-analysis shows a significant link between constipation and urinary incontinence (UI) in women.

Why this matters

  • Treating constipation may relieve symptoms of UI.

Study design

  • Researchers analyzed 16 studies on the influence of constipation on UI in women (n=35,629; 6054 with UI).
  • They used a random-effects model to calculate the pooled OR and a corresponding 95% CI.
  • Funding: None disclosed.

Key results

  • Researchers found a significant association between constipation and UI risk (OR, 2.46; 95% CI, 1.79-3.38) regardless of study design or sample size.

Limitations

  • Most studies in the analysis were observational and relied on self-reported symptoms of UI and constipation.

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