In Taiwan, Most Incontinent Women Do Not Seek Help
Int. J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007; published online ahead of print
Almost 30% of Taiwanese women aged 60 years and older suffer from urinary incontinence (UI), but most do not visit a doctor for the condition, a study found.
Meng-Chih Lee, MD, PhD, MPH, Ching-Hung Hsieh, MD, and colleagues of the
Of the 1,517 women, 485 (29.8%) reported urinary incontinence and 250 (69.9%) of these women experienced symptoms less than once a month. About 85% of women in the study said they would tell a doctor if they had UI, but only 147 (30.3%) of the 485 women with UI actually sought medical help for it. The researchers found that the main reason for not telling a doctor about the condition was shyness.
“This is consistent with conservative attitudes among Taiwanese,” the authors wrote. “Although it was anticipated that fear of surgery might be a common response, it was low on the list of reasons not to seek treatment.”