- Women who limit their restroom use at work are more likely to have unhealthy toileting behaviors and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).
Why this matters
- Workplace environments may pose barriers to toilet access, such as poor cleanliness, inadequate privacy, and busy work schedules.
- Researchers analyzed validated questionnaires about toileting behaviors, LUTS, and perceptions of the workplace toileting environment completed by women with full-time jobs (n=3062; mean age, 38.7 years; age range, 18-73 years; 79.5% white).
- Funding: NIH.
- 11% of patients reported limiting restroom use at work either most or all of the time.
- Of those patients:
- 84.4% (95% CI, 80.1%-87.8%) worry about the cleanliness of public toilets,
- 72.5% (95% CI, 67.5%-76.9%) avoid public toilets, and
- 63.8% (95% CI, 58.6%-68.7%) try to hold urine until returning home.
- LUTS associated with limiting restroom use included:
- Urgency: 22.3% (95% CI, 18.2%-27.0%);
- Stress urinary incontinence: 24.9% (20.6%-29.8%);
- Monthly urinary incontinence: 57.4% (52.1%-62.5%); and
- Infrequent voiding: 73.6% (68.7%-78.0%).
- The study was cross-sectional and did not assess causality.
- The survey response rate was low (7.4%).