International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 122–127 | Cite as

Symptoms, bother and POPQ in women referred with pelvic organ prolapse

Original Article


The aim of this study was to evaluate symptoms and bother in patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and to compare symptoms with POP-Q grading and measurements. One hundred and ten women with POP filled in a symptom–bother questionnaire concerning frequency of mechanical, bladder, bowel and sexual problems, and a 4-point bother score. The POP was grouped grade 0–1 versus grade ≥2 in each compartment. Symptoms more than once per week were associated with a higher bother score. Mechanical symptoms, reported in 70%, were the most troublesome. Various bladder, bowel and sexual symptoms were reported in 5%–52%, 5%–39%, and 35%–57%, respectively. We concluded that symptoms from all domains were frequent and reported generally and with little relation to prolapse in a specific compartment or POP-Q value.


Bowel symptoms Lower urinary tract symptoms Pelvic organ prolapse Quantitation Sexual symptoms Site-specific quantitation of pelvic organ prolapse 



pelvic organ prolapse


lower urinary tract symptoms


magnetic resonance imaging


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Nykoebing Falster Hospital and Gentofte HospitalUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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