Bladder Control Loss Goes Undiagnosed

Published Online: Wednesday, September 1, 2004

A survey of >1400 Americans revealed that bladder control loss is more prevalent than most individuals realize. Although it is a common condition, 64% of those experiencing symptoms are currently not seeking treatment. The survey showed that diagnosis of bladder control loss improves knowledge, communication, and successful treatment of the condition. Furthermore, those diagnosed are more apt to successfully manage their condition, compared with those undiagnosed; are more likely to experience a sense of relief and that their quality of life has improved; and are comfortable talking about their condition with loved ones and/or health professionals. The survey also highlighted the following:

  • On average, diagnosed adults waited 6 years after first having symptoms before speaking with a health care professional
  • 40% of those diagnosed reported higher self-esteem now that they are managing their loss of bladder control, compared with 21% who are managing their symptoms but are undiagnosed
  • 24% of those diagnosed are more likely to get information about their condition, compared with 3% of those who are undiagnosed, but experience symptoms
  • 38% of the respondents believe loss of bladder control is just a natural part of aging, and 41% mistakenly think loss of bladder control is a "disease"
  • 43% of women who experienced symptoms are more likely to seek a diagnosis, compared with 29% of men


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