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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 Nov;25(11):1086-1096. Epub 2016 Jun 10.

Expert Panel Recommendations on Lower Urinary Tract Health of Women Across Their Life Span.

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1 Scientific Affairs, Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR®) , Washington, District of Columbia.
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2 Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Surgery, Duke University , Durham, North Carolina.
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3 Department of Biomechanical Engineering, University of Michigan , Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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4 Department of Urology, Yale School of Medicine , New Haven, Connecticut.
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5 Close Pediatric Urology , Las Vegas, Nevada.
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6 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center , Cleveland, Ohio.
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7 Department of Biomedical Sciences and Surgery, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University , Camden, New Jersey.
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8 Department of Urology, Vanderbilt University , Nashville, Tennessee.
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9 Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, Duke University Medical Center , Durham, North Carolina.
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10 Department of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine , Chicago, Illinois.
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11 Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology, UConn Center on Aging , Farmington, Connecticut.
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12 Department Obstetrics/Gynecology and Urology, Loyola University Medical Center, Loyola University Chicago , Maywood, Illinois.
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13 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wake Forest University , Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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14 Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola University Chicago , Maywood, Illinois.

Abstract

Urologic and kidney problems are common in women across their life span and affect their daily life, including physical activity, sexual relations, social life, and future health. Urological health in women is still understudied and the underlying mechanisms of female urological dysfunctions are not fully understood. The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR®) recognized the need to have a roundtable discussion where researchers and clinicians would define the current state of knowledge, gaps, and recommendations for future research directions to transform women's urological health. This report summarizes the discussions, which focused on epidemiology, clinical presentation, basic science, prevention strategies, and efficacy of current therapies. Experts around the table agreed on a set of research, education, and policy recommendations that have the potential to dramatically increase awareness and improve women's urological health at all stages of life.

KEYWORDS:

LUTS; bladder; incontinence; urology; women's health

PMID:
27285829
PMCID:
PMC5116700
DOI:
10.1089/jwh.2016.5895
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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