Urinary incontinence in women is often attributed to childbirth or pregnancy and sometimes even just the simple aging process. Researchers at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine found that the bacteria in healthy women’s bladders were different in women with a specific, and common, form of urinary incontinence. They published their findings in July in the American Society for Microbiology’s online journal called mBio.
According to the report, urgency urinary incontinence (UUI), which affects around 15 percent of women, may be due to a bacteria, researchers believe. For around half of the women who are diagnosed UUI, traditional treatments do not work.
The researchers collected catheter urine samples from 90 women, some of which had UUI, and analyzed the bacterial content using the expanded quantitative urine culture technique. This allowed the researchers to isolate bacteria not normally found in a standard urine culture. This may be the reason why these women failed to respond to antispasmodic treatment and a seemingly clear urine initially.
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