A prospective survey of the prevalence of stress incontinence during pregnancy and following childbirth recruited 1,008 women from an antenatal clinic in northwest England. Fifty-nine percent of the women reported stress incontinence during pregnancy and 31% following delivery. Ten percent had daily episodes of incontinence during their pregnancy, and 2% of all women reported daily incontinence following delivery. Stress incontinence was found to be associated with parity, with women of higher parity being more likely to experience the condition. No difference in the prevalence of stress incontinence was found between women who had a normal delivery and those having an instrumental delivery. A cesarean section was found to be associated with a lower incidence compared with a normal spontaneous delivery.
-Midwifery, Vol. 15 No. 2, June 1999
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