International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 1359–1362 | Cite as

Mixed incontinence is more bothersome than pure incontinence subtypes

  • Yashika Dooley
  • Lior Lowenstein
  • Kimberly Kenton
  • MaryPat FitzGerald
  • Linda Brubaker
Original Article


The purpose of the study was to compare incontinence bother in women with mixed incontinence versus pure incontinence subtypes. This is an institutional review board-approved study comparing physical exam findings and responses to the Medical Epidemiologic and Social Aspects of Aging (MESA) questionnaire and the Urinary Distress Inventory (UDI-6). The MESA responses were used to classify women as mixed, pure stress, or pure urge incontinence. This analysis includes 551 women with a mean age of 56 ± 16 years. Most women were Caucasian (86%) with 7% African American and 5% Hispanic. UDI scores were significantly higher in women with mixed incontinence (61 ± 23) than those with pure stress incontinence (40 ± 26) or pure urge incontinence (40 ± 25; p < 0.0001). Women with mixed incontinence report greater incontinence bother than women with either pure stress or urge incontinence.


Bother Mixed incontinence Quality of life Stress incontinence Urge incontinence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yashika Dooley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lior Lowenstein
    • 1
  • Kimberly Kenton
    • 1
  • MaryPat FitzGerald
    • 1
  • Linda Brubaker
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive SurgeryLoyola University Medical CenterMaywoodUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MCHE-OGBrooke Army Medical CenterFort Sam HoustonUSA

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