Navigation Links
Black women have urinary incontinence less than half as often as white women

ANN ARBOR, Mich. The good news for black women: They have less than half the chance of developing urinary incontinence as do white women, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Health System.

The bad news: When they get it, the condition tends to be worse than in white women. The amount of urine they lose during each episode of incontinence is larger, with half of black incontinent women reporting that they lose urine to the point of noticeably wetting their underwear or a pad, compared with a third of white women.

The significance: The study confirms some common beliefs, and refutes others. The medical community has long held the belief that black women dont experience a type of urinary incontinence known as stress incontinence, in which urine is lost during activities such as exercising, coughing and laughing. In fact, the study found, black women do experience stress incontinence. The study is in the current issue of the Journal of Urology.

This is a population that may have been neglected because it was believed for so long that black women did not have stress urinary incontinence, says lead author Dee E. Fenner, M.D., Furlong Professor of Womens Health, and director of gynecology, at the U-M Health System.

In truth, black women suffer from the social embarrassment of urinary incontinence, and the medical community needs to remember this when diagnosing and treating all women.

The study indicates that black women experience urge incontinence twice as often as white women, which supports other research on the subject. This type of incontinence involves a strong and sudden need to urinate, followed by leakage.

Additionally, it has been thought in the past that the other medical conditions associated with urinary incontinence are different between black and white women. This study suggests, however, that those conditions such as diabetes, constipation, depression, obesity and chronic lung disease occur at similar rates between the two races.

By the numbers:

  • About 27 percent of all women surveyed had the condition.
  • This study found that 14.6 percent of black women and 33.1 percent of white women have urinary incontinence.
  • Black women with incontinence reported having stress incontinence in about 25 percent of instances, compared with 39 percent of white women.
  • Black women with incontinence reported urge incontinence in 24 percent of cases, compared with 11 percent of white women. The remaining numbers had a combination of both types.
  • The women in the study ranged from 35 to 64 years old, with an average age of 42. Most of the women nearly 70 percent had delivered at least one baby vaginally; vaginal deliveries are often associated with urinary incontinence.
  • The study involved 1,922 black women and 892 white women from three southeastern Michigan counties. Data were collected through a telephone survey.


Contact: Katie Vloet
University of Michigan Health System

Related medicine news :

1. Tennessee Faith Leaders Call on Reps. Gordon & Blackburn to Co-sponsor Legislation to Protect Kids from Tobacco
2. Barbershop Talks Cut Black Mens Prostate Cancer Risk
3. Older blacks and Latinos still lag whites in controlling diabetes
4. AIDS Action Council Praises Release of Latest State of AIDS in Black America Report
5. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline Announce Supplier Business Initiative Study Results
6. Black AIDS Mobilization Gains Momentum with Congressional Black Caucus Call to Action
7. Black Caribbeans do better in America than in England
8. 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and American Red Cross Sign National Agreement to Increase Diverse Outreach Nationwide
9. Older Blacks, Latinos Struggle With Diabetes Control
10. Black America Urged to Confront Its Secret Pain: Depression
11. Joint Center Says New Approach Required to Reduce Black Infant Mortality
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2017)... RIDGE, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... annual Holly Day Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from ... of personalized and quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a ... has been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ... accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and ... plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway ... store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Information about the technology: ... develop to enable prevention of a major side effect of chemotherapy in children. ... pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label as a dose ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Women-owned and Grand ... Best and Brightest in Wellness® by Best and Brightest. OnSite Wellness will be ... Oct. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Autograph Collection ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... , Oct. 10, 2017  NDS received FDA 510(k) clearance in ... medical-grade battery-powered display stand specifically designed for endoscopy environments. An innovative ... into a clinical solution to support the improvement of patient outcomes, ... Design ... Solution ...
(Date:10/5/2017)... 5, 2017  In response to the nationwide ... Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) released prescribing recommendations that urge ... used as a first-line therapy to manage a ... Recognizing the value and importance ... "Opioid Prescribing: Acute and Postoperative Pain Management" stresses ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Mass. , Oct. 4, 2017 ... of single-use, self-contained, illuminating medical devices, today announced ... National Health Surveillance Agency (or Agência Nacional de ... The first single-use, cordless surgical retractor with integrated ... provides optimal access, illumination and exposure of a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: