Prolapse severity, symptoms and impact on quality of life among women planning sacrocolpopexy

M. P. FitzGerald, N. K. Janz, P. A. Wren, J. T. Wei, A. M. Weber, C. Ghetti, G. W. Cundiff

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Objectives: To explore the relationship between severity of pelvic organ prolapse (POP), symptoms of pelvic dysfunction and quality of life using validated measures. Method: Baseline data from 314 participants in the Colpopexy And Urinary Reduction Efforts (CARE) trial were analyzed. Pelvic symptoms and impact were assessed using the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI) and the Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire (PFIQ). PFDI and PFIQ scores were compared by prolapse stage and history of incontinence or POP surgery. Regression analyses were performed to identify other predictors of symptoms and impact. Results: Women were predominantly (90%) Caucasian and had mean age of 61 years. Women with stage II POP, especially those with prior surgery, reported more symptoms and impact than women with more advanced POP. There were no other significant predictors of symptoms or life impact. Conclusions: Women planning sacrocolpopexy with stage II prolapse and prior pelvic surgery reported more symptoms and quality of life impact than those with more advanced prolapse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-28
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Quality of life


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