CONTACT: TOM MOORE
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 20, 1999
Women invited to participate in UI study on incontinence
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Women experiencing loss of bladder
control, or urge incontinence, are invited to participate in a four-month
research study testing an investigational medication. The University of Iowa
departments of obstetrics and gynecology and urology are conducting the study.
Volunteers will be asked to make nine clinic visits
to the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Participants will receive either the investigational
medication or a placebo (inactive pill). Compensation is available.
There are different kinds of urinary incontinence.
Stress incontinence is caused by activities such as coughing or laughing that
increase intra-abdominal pressure. Urge incontinence is an involuntary loss
of urine along with strong, frequent urges to go to the bathroom. Women over
age 50 have a 33 percent chance of experiencing at least one of these types
To qualify for this study women must:
-- Be age 40 or older
-- Be menopausal,
with no menstrual period for at least one year
-- Have more episodes of urge incontinence than stress
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, urinary incontinence affects approximately 13 million people in
both community and institutional settings nationwide and has an associated
cost of roughly $15 billion.
For more information, please call (319) 335-6628 or
toll-free (800) 348-4692.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.