Introduction: This article reports the prevalence of self-reported voiding complaints and the relationship with other pelvic floor and bladder dysfunctions (PFD).
Materials and Methods: Women with a variety of PFDs were referred to the pelvic care center. A standardised questionnaire on 6 PFDs was used. Frequencies of patient characteristics, PFDs and voiding complaints were calculated. Cross tabulation was used to investigate correlations and Pearson correlation coefficients to reveal the strength of the association between PFDs and self-reported voiding complaints.
Results: Data of 4470 women were included. Prevalence of (self-reported) voiding Lower urinary tract symptoms was 59.5%. Incomplete bladder emptying is the most prevalent voiding complaint. Self-reported voiding complaints are weakly correlated to age (r = 0.15, p < 0.01) and have moderate correlation with self-reported recurrent urinary tract infections (r = 0.34, p < 0.01), pelvic floor, bladder and bowel complaints. However, the correlation between the feeling of incomplete bladder emptying and the presence of recurrent urinary tract infections is weak (r = 0.06, p = 0.02).
Conclusion: Voiding complaints have a high prevalence and symptom bother in women visiting a pelvic care center.