International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 149–153 | Cite as

Prevalence of urinary leakage in nulliparous women with respect to physical activity and micturition habits

  • K. Eliasson
  • I. Nordlander
  • E. Mattsson
  • B. Larson
  • M. Hammarström
Original Article


In order to survey the influence of physical activity and micturition habits on urinary leakage (UL) in women before their first pregnancy, a study including 725 women attending nine maternity clinics in the northwest area of Stockholm was performed. During the 36th gestational week the women answered a questionnaire regarding the pre-pregnancy situation regarding UL, micturition habits and physical activity. Thirty-nine percent of the women, mean age of 28 (range 17–43) years, had experienced occasional UL. Of these, the majority (79%) had symptoms of stress urinary leakage and 21% had urge symptoms. Two percent were incontinent according to the definition of the International Continence Society (ICS). In a multivariate analysis age, inability to interrupt the urine flow and high-impact physical activity turned out to be independent risk factors for UL and thus should be observed together with traditional factors concerning UL in nulliparous women.


Cross-sectional female urinary leakage High-impact physical activity Micturition habits Nullipara Risk factors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Eliasson
    • 1
  • I. Nordlander
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. Mattsson
    • 1
  • B. Larson
    • 2
  • M. Hammarström
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Neurotec, Division of PhysiotherapyKarolinska Institutet, Karolinska HospitalHuddingeSweden
  2. 2.Department of Women and Child’s Health, Division of Obstetrics and GynaecologyKarolinska Institutet, Karolinska HospitalStockholmSweden

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