How common is urinary incontinence?

Updated: Jan 22, 2021
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Urinary incontinence is an underdiagnosed and underreported problem that increases with age, affecting 38-55% of women older than 60 years [1] and 50-84% of the elderly in long-term care facilities. [2]  At any age, urinary incontinence is more than twice as common in females than in males. [3]


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