Urinary Incontinence

Robert Sterling Hollabaugh, Jr. M.D., FACS

Many people think that urinary incontinence is “just part of getting older.” While it is true that incontinence occurs more commonly in older patients, it is not necessarily an inevitable part of aging.

More than 15 million Americans experience incontinence regularly, and while it can affect men or women of any age, it is most common in females over 40 years of age. It has been estimated that 35 percent of women over 65 experience some form of urinary leakage.

The urinary bladder provides two functions: storing urine and emptying urine. Many factors may be involved in the development of incontinence, particularly any medical condition that affects the muscles of the pelvis or the nerves going to these muscles.