Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 279, Issue 4, pp 499–503 | Cite as

Prevalence and frequency of severity of urinary incontinence symptoms in late pregnancy: a prospective study in the north of Jordan

  • Lama M. M. Al-MehaisenEmail author
  • Oqba Al-Kuran
  • Isam M. Lataifeh
  • Suha Betawie
  • Amer Sindiyani
  • Omar F. Al-ttal
  • Fayrooz Naser
Original Article



To determine the frequency of urinary urge, stress incontinence and bothersome urinary symptoms in late pregnancy in Jordan.


Women admitted in spontaneous labor to labor suite at three covering hospitals in the north of Jordan and at least 36 weeks gestational age were eligible for survey to ascertain data on current pregnancies and past pregnancy. Data analyzed for 181 women.


Mean gestational age was 39.5 weeks. 85% had normal vaginal delivery. 35% of women reported symptoms of urgency, 30% of whom described symptoms frequency as moderate or severe, and 45% reported stress incontinence, 29% of whom described symptoms frequency as moderate or severe during the current pregnancy. Symptoms in previous pregnancies were reported by 20 and 30% of women for urge and stress incontinence, respectively. Urgency and urge incontinence increased in relation to parity.


The frequency of urinary incontinence and bothersome symptoms was relatively similar compared to other countries.


Urinary urge Incontinence Pregnancy Parity Jordan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lama M. M. Al-Mehaisen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Oqba Al-Kuran
    • 1
  • Isam M. Lataifeh
    • 1
  • Suha Betawie
    • 1
  • Amer Sindiyani
    • 1
  • Omar F. Al-ttal
    • 1
  • Fayrooz Naser
    • 1
  1. 1.King Abdulla University HospitalJordan University of Science and TechnologyIrbidJordan

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