A study exploring the effects of age and menopause on urinary incontinence (UI) in midlife has identified a relationship between menopausal transition and stress UI.
The study included 1211 women followed up since their birth in 1946 and looked at their menopausal transition status and symptoms of stress, urge, and severe UI over 7 years from ages 48-54.
Women who were peri-menopausal were more likely to have symptoms of stress UI than post-menopausal women. Menopausal transition status was not associated with urge or severe UI. These relationships were not explained by age, childhood enuresis, reproductive factors, previous health status, body mass index and educational qualifications.