The impact of urodynamic stress incontinence and detrusor overactivity on marital relationship and sexual function

Shing Kai Yip, Alice Chan, Selina Pang, Peter Leung, Catherine Tang, Tan Lei Shek, Tony Chung

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OBJECTIVE: We assessed and compared the quality of life, marital relationship, and sexual function of women who had urodynamic stress incontinence (USI) or detrusor overactivity (DO) diagnosed. STUDY DESIGN: Women with the following urodynamic diagnoses, normal, USI, or DO, were compared by using the psychometric questionnaires: King's Health Questionnaire (KHQ, for quality of life), Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS, for marital relationship), and Derogatis Sexual Functioning Inventory (DSFI, for sexual function). RESULTS: Women with DO (n = 29) were younger than healthy women (n = 28) and women with USI (n = 36) (P < .05). Women with USI or DO had a poorer quality of life (P < .05), poorer marital relationship (P < .05), and less sexual satisfaction (P < .05), despite having no change in sexual drive (P > .05). Regression analyses showed that only sexual satisfaction and incontinence-related emotions were associated with marital relationship (P < .05). CONCLUSION: Marital relationship and sexual function were negatively affected in women who had USI or DO.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1244-1248
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Detrusor overactivity
  • Marital relationship
  • Sexual function
  • Urodynamic stress incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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