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Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2003 Jun;14(2):122-7. Epub 2003 Apr 26.

Symptoms, bother and POPQ in women referred with pelvic organ prolapse.

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  • 1Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Nykoebing Falster Hospital and Gentofte Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.


The aim of this study was to evaluate symptoms and bother in patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and to compare symptoms with POP-Q grading and measurements. One hundred and ten women with POP filled in a symptom-bother questionnaire concerning frequency of mechanical, bladder, bowel and sexual problems, and a 4-point bother score. The POP was grouped grade 0-1 versus grade >or=2 in each compartment. Symptoms more than once per week were associated with a higher bother score. Mechanical symptoms, reported in 70%, were the most troublesome. Various bladder, bowel and sexual symptoms were reported in 5%-52%, 5%-39%, and 35%-57%, respectively. We concluded that symptoms from all domains were frequent and reported generally and with little relation to prolapse in a specific compartment or POP-Q value.

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