What are the risk factors for urinary incontinence?

You may be more likely to experience urinary incontinence if you:
  • Are significantly overweight or obese
  • Smoke
  • Are pregnant or have carried a pregnancy to term
  • Are postmenopausal
  • Are age 60 or older
  • Have frequent bladder infections
  • Have an enlarged prostate or a family history of prostate trouble
  • Have had pelvic surgery or injury
  • Have a condition that might cause nerve or muscle damage
  • Have had a stroke

    Jill Rabin
    OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

    Here is a list of risk factors for urinary incontinence:

    • Gender and Age

    • Pelvic Muscle Weakness

    • Pregnancy and Childbirth

    • Pelvic Surgery

    • Menopause

    • Medications

    • Low Fluid Intake

    • High Fluid Intake

    • Constipation

    • Smoking

    • Obesity

    • Caffeine

    • Food Products (tomatoes, citrus)

    • High-Impact Physical Activities

    • Urinary Tract/Bladder Infection

    • Interstitial Cystitis

    • Illnesses and Medical Events

    • Anatomic and Neurological Abnormalities

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