How Common Is Urinary Incontinence?
Here are some numbers about urinary incontinence:footnote 1
- The likelihood of having incontinence increases with age.
- Urinary incontinence is at least twice as common in women as in men.
- Between 3 and 6 out of 10 middle-aged and older women report having any incontinence.
- Between 1 and 4 out of 10 older men report having any incontinence.
- About 1 or 2 out of 10 middle-aged and older women report having daily urinary incontinence.
- Fewer than 1 out of 10 older men report having daily urinary incontinence.
- White women are more likely to have stress urinary incontinence compared to African-American and Asian women.
- Chapple CR, Milson I (2012). Urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse: Epidemiology and pathophysiology. In AJ Wein et al., eds., Campbell-Walsh Urology, 10th ed., vol. 3, pp. 1871–1895. Philadelphia: Saunders.
- Resnick NM (2016). Incontinence. In L Goldman, A Schafer, eds., Goldman-Cecil Medicine, 25th ed., vol. 1, pp. 110–114. Philadelphia: Saunders.
Current as of: August 12, 2016
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.