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Risk Factors for Urinary Incontinence

It is possible to develop chronic urinary incontinence with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing urinary incontinence. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.

Although there are many different causes of incontinence, the risk factors listed here pertain to the most common types of incontinence.


The following conditions increase your risk of developing incontinence:


The risk of incontinence generally increases with age.


Women are more likely to develop stress incontinence. Men are more likely to develop incontinence related to obstruction and over-filling.

Revision Information

  • Minassian VA, Stewart WF, et al. Urinary incontinence in women: variation in prevalence estimates and risk factors. Obstet Gynecol. 2008;111(2 Pt 1):324-331.

  • Miu DK, Lau S, et al. Etiology and predictors of urinary incontinence and its effect on quality of life. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2010;10(2):177-182.

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