Accession Number:

ADA550375

Title:

Pelvic Floor Disorders in Female Veterans: What a Difference an X Makes

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-07-22

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

Symptoms of vaginitis and urinary tract infections are miserable, distracting, and significantly affect womens quality of life. Among civilian women, these symptoms account for 10.5 million office visits per year. To examine the scope of the problem for military women during deployment situations, surveys were sent to randomly selected Army and Navy units. Of 841 women who completed the anonymous survey and had been deployed, vaginal infections were experienced by 30.1 and urinary tract infections by 18.4 of them during deployment. Vaginal symptoms were consistent with symptoms associated with the three most common vaginal infections candida, bacterial, and trichomonas vaginitis. A variety of risk factors, both behavioral and situational, significantly differentiated women with and without infections. Urinary tract infections and vaginal infections are common during deployment situations where resources for self-care and appropriate primary health care for women are scarce or unavailable. One solution is a self-diagnosis and treatment kit for deployed military women.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE