Symptoms, bother and POPQ in women referred with pelvic organ prolapse

Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2003 Jun;14(2):122-7. doi: 10.1007/s00192-002-1024-1. Epub 2003 Apr 26.


The aim of this study was to evaluate symptoms and bother in patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and to compare symptoms with POP-Q grading and measurements. One hundred and ten women with POP filled in a symptom-bother questionnaire concerning frequency of mechanical, bladder, bowel and sexual problems, and a 4-point bother score. The POP was grouped grade 0-1 versus grade >or=2 in each compartment. Symptoms more than once per week were associated with a higher bother score. Mechanical symptoms, reported in 70%, were the most troublesome. Various bladder, bowel and sexual symptoms were reported in 5%-52%, 5%-39%, and 35%-57%, respectively. We concluded that symptoms from all domains were frequent and reported generally and with little relation to prolapse in a specific compartment or POP-Q value.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology
  • Urination Disorders / etiology
  • Uterine Prolapse / complications*
  • Uterine Prolapse / psychology*