Prevalence of urinary tract infections and associated factors among pregnant workers in the electronics industry

Shih Bin Su, Jiang Nan Wang, Chih Wei Lu, Hsien Yi Wang, How Ran Guo

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Abstract

Introduction and hypothesis: Pregnancy is a risk factor for urinary tract infection (UTI), and it has been shown that frequent urine voiding was a protecting factor against UTI for nonpregnant female cleanroom workers. We conducted a study to evaluate whether these findings also apply to pregnant women. Methods: We recruited female workers in an industrial park who received an annual health examination between August 1 and September 31, 2003. From each participant, we collected a urine sample and obtained information through a questionnaire. Results: A total of 2,062 workers,including 118 pregnant and 1,944 nonpregnant women, participated in the study. Pregnancy was a significant risk factor for both symptomatic (odds ratio [OR]=6.33) and asymptomatic (OR=2.13) UTIs. Urine voiding three or more times during a shift was a significant protective factor for asymptomatic UTI (OR=0.40). Conclusions: UTI is common among pregnant cleanroom workers,and frequent voiding appears to be a protecting factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-945
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Volume20
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Urology

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