To describe the variability of current (day-to-day) symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and to compare women's overall (comprehensive) and current ratings of prolapse symptoms. This was a prospective observational study of 45 women with symptomatic POP followed-up for 3 months between November 2004 and June 2005. Women had a total of three visits during the study period. We measured current symptoms using daily symptom diaries completed for a total of 4 weeks during the study period. The diaries included 100-mm visual analogue scales anchored at 0 (no symptoms) and 100 (extremely severe symptoms) and patients completed these at three different times each day. At each study visit, patients were examined and completed a 10-item questionnaire, which included questions adapted from the PFDI. This questionnaire compared overall and current symptoms at each study visit. Statistical analyses included descriptive statistics, ANOVA, and Pearson's correlation coefficient. Current symptoms of vaginal bulging varied on a day-to-day basis. Current symptoms varied depending on the time of day with women reporting more severe symptoms in the evenings (P<.01). Women reported experiencing their most severe symptoms at only 13.7% of all study visits. On average, women reported less severe ratings of current symptoms at the time of each visit compared to overall recall ratings (P<.05). Women seeking care for symptomatic POP can have dynamic symptoms and are often not evaluated at the time of their most severe symptoms. This should be considered by clinicians evaluating women for symptoms of POP.
View details for DOI 10.1007/s00192-006-0237-0
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