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    How Common Is Urinary Incontinence?

    Here are some numbers about urinary incontinence: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.
    • Up to 3 out of 10 older adults living at home have problems with urinary incontinence.2
    • About 3 out of 10 older adults in the hospital have incontinence.2
    • About 5 out of 10 older adults living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities have incontinence.2


    1. 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.

    2. Resnick, NM (2012). Incontinence. In L Goldman, A Shafer, eds., Goldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th ed., pp. 110-114. Philadelphia: Saunders.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerAvery L. Seifert, MD - Urology

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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