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Constipation in Australian women: prevalence and associated factors.

Abstract

A postal health survey was completed by 14761 young women (aged 18-23 years), 14070 middle-aged women (45-50 years) and 12893 older women (70-75 years). The prevalence of constipation was 14.1% (CI 13.5-14.7) in young women, 26.6% (CI 25.9-27.4) in middle-aged women, and 27% (CI 26.9-28.5) in the older women. The prevalence of hemorrhoids was 3.2% (CI 2.9-3.4 young), 17.7% (CI 17.1-18.4 middle-aged) and 18.3% (CI 17.6-19.0 older). In the middle-aged and older women, those who reported previous gynecologic surgery were between 18% and 63% more likely to report constipation; in the younger cohort, women with one or two children were also more likely to report constipation (adjusted OR 1.43-1.46). One-third of the young women and half the middle-aged and older women had sought help for constipation; the majority indicated that they were satisfied with the help available to them.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10805262

Citation

Chiarelli, P, et al. "Constipation in Australian Women: Prevalence and Associated Factors." International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, vol. 11, no. 2, 2000, pp. 71-8.
Chiarelli P, Brown W, McElduff P. Constipation in Australian women: prevalence and associated factors. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2000;11(2):71-8.
Chiarelli, P., Brown, W., & McElduff, P. (2000). Constipation in Australian women: prevalence and associated factors. International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, 11(2), pp. 71-8.
Chiarelli P, Brown W, McElduff P. Constipation in Australian Women: Prevalence and Associated Factors. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2000;11(2):71-8. PubMed PMID: 10805262.
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