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Objective: To assess the impact of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) on quality of life (QOL) of women and factors associated with their effect.
Methods: The cross-section study was conducted by interviewing 140 women who came to the urogynecology clinic, Ramathibodi hospital. Demographic data, information about lower urinary tract symptoms and severity of POP were collected. Seven aspects of QOL including household work, entertainment activity, physical recreation, travel, participation social activity, emotion health and feeling frustration were assessed, using Thai version modified pelvic floor impact questionnaires-short form (PFIQ 7).
Results: The average age of subjects was 67.5 years. Seventy four percent were married , 80 % were housewives and almost all (99.3%) had at least one parity. Fifty percent had stage II of POP, and 80% had associated urinary symptoms. Regarding QOL, the most affected aspect was travel. All 7 aspects of QOL scores were significantly associated with severity of POP. Physical recreation, travel, emotional health and feeling frustration aspects of QOL scores were significantly associated with parity.
Conclusion: Majority of women with POP who came to urogynecology clinic were diagnosed at least stage II POP and mostly had associated urinary symptoms. Seven aspects of QOL of women were affected by POP especially travel domain.
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