How common is overactive bladder?

Ja-Hong Kim, MD
About 33 million adults in the U.S. have overactive bladder symptoms. That’s nearly 17% of the population. In terms of the prevalence of overactive bladder by age, as people get older, the prevalence increases up to 40%. Overactive bladder can affect about 7% to 27% of men and 9% to 43% of women. There’s no difference between North America and other populations. Urge incontinence is more common in women, and it is more severe and increases in prevalence with age.
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
About 25 million Americans deal with overactive bladder symptoms. One in five people over age 40 suffer from overactive bladder, urgency and frequency. More than one-third of men and women over age 65 have overactive bladder. Many cannot reach the toilet  before leaking urine.

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