Urinary frequency in community-dwelling women: what is normal?

  • Lukacz E
  • Whitcomb E
  • Lawrence J
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Objective: The objective of the study was to assess urinary frequency in community-dwelling women. Study Design: Voiding habits were assessed in 4061 women 25-84 years of age using survey responses from the Epidemiology of Prolapse and Incontinence Questionnaire. Bother related to daytime and nighttime frequency was assessed with 100-mm visual analog scales and compared using t tests and analysis of variance. Results: Median daytime frequency was every 3-4 hours. Urinary frequency every 2 hours or more occurred in 27% and was more bothersome than every 3-4 hours or less (51.7 ?? 30.1 mm vs 23.6 ?? 23.7 mm; P < .001). Nocturia was reported in 72%, whereas 33% had 2 or more voids per night. Bother increased with increasing nighttime frequency (27.3 ?? 26.3 for 1 time vs 57.3 ?? 28.5 for ??? 2 times; P < .001). Conclusion: Bothersome urinary frequency is common and occurs when frequency is at least every 2 hours by day and more than once per night. ?? 2009 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • bother
  • nocturia
  • pelvic floor disorders
  • urinary frequency
  • voiding

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  • Emily S. Lukacz

  • Emily L. Whitcomb

  • Jean M. Lawrence

  • Charles W. Nager

  • Karl M. Luber

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