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Difficult defaecation is associated with bladder symptoms

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Women with symptoms of difficult defaecation have an increased rate of lower urinary tract symptoms, consistent with a diagnosis of overactive bladder without incontinence.

This is one of the findings of a survey of over 2,800 women, aged 35-64, who participated in a telephone interview.

Difficult defaecation was reported by over 10% of women who also reported more lower urinary tract symptoms than women without bowel problems. These included nocturia, urgency, increased daytime frequency, dysuria and a sensation of incomplete bladder emptying.

Women who had difficult defaecation were more often menopausal, reported a fair or poor health and had a higher number of comorbidities than those without bowel symptoms.

The authors suggest that more research is needed into the association between defaecation problems and increased rates of lower urinary tract symptoms.

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  • This is so interesting as my sister has been treated for irritable bladder for 5 years with now improvement, then she had a cystoscopy, NAD. She was told to live with her symptoms. She does have problems with defaecation so we will try and focus on this problem and see if her symptoms improve.

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  • I just lived with my bowel and bladder problems until it became a major problem with urine retention - investigations showed I had a large firoid, a hysterectomy later no problems in either areas and off Iron supplements - just got to get fit to get back to nursing

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