Washington, DC, November 17, 2017 — A sizeable proportion of American women say that they have used the men’s room when the line for the women’s bathroom was too long (49%). Although risqué, many women have peed in even more unusual places. One in five women say the most unusual place they’ve peed was behind the bushes (19%), closely followed by in the woods (17%) or on the roadside (16%). More than a third say they feel frustrated when they cannot find a bathroom when they need one (36%), with 21% scoping out where the bathroom is when arriving at a public venue.
Two fifths of American women say they think about their bladder health often (40% very/somewhat often). While women are most likely to confide in their physician about frequent visits to the bathroom to pee, stomach aches, and digestive problems, they are most likely to discuss cramps with their best friend. Based on this information, it’s not surprising that most women gather information from their physician (65%) or Web-MD (51%) when feeling ill or having a health issue.
About the Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted June 12-16, 2017 on behalf of Astellas. For the survey, a sample of 2,854 women age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online in English.
The sample for this study was randomly drawn from Ipsos’s online panel (see link below for more info on “Access Panels and Recruitment”), partner online panel sources, and “river” sampling (see link below for more info on the Ipsos “Ampario Overview” sample method) and does not rely on a population frame in the traditional sense. Ipsos uses fixed sample targets, unique to each study, in drawing sample. After a sample has been obtained from the Ipsos panel, Ipsos calibrates respondent characteristics to be representative of the U.S. Population using standard procedures such as raking-ratio adjustments. The source of these population targets is U.S. Census 2013 American Community Survey data. The sample drawn for this study reflects fixed sample targets on demographics. Post-hoc weights were made to the population characteristics on gender, age, race/ethnicity, region, and education.
Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points for all respondents. Ipsos calculates a design effect (DEFF) for each study based on the variation of the weights, following the formula of Kish (1965). This study had a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (n=2,854, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=3.6).
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