Prevalence

 

  • The International Continence Society (ICS) defines incontinence as the involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control.
  • Urinary Incontinence (UI) is a stigmatized, underreported, under-diagnosed, under-treated condition that is erroneously thought to be a normal part of aging. 1
  • One-third of men and women ages 30-70 believe that incontinence is a part of aging to accept. 2
  • Information on healthy bladder function can help promote the understanding that incontinence is not a normal part of aging but a symptom of another problem. 3
  • The social costs of UI are high and even mild symptoms affect social, sexual, interpersonal, and professional function. 4

General Prevalence:

  • UI affects 200 million people worldwide. 5
  • Based on expert opinion, 25 million adult Americans experience transient or chronic UI. 6 NAFC estimates that 75-80% of those sufferers are women, 9-13 million of whom have bothersome, severe, symptoms.
  • Consumer research reveals that one in four women over the age of 18 experience episodes of leaking urine involuntarily. 2
  • One-third of men and women ages 30-70 have experienced loss of bladder control at some point in their adult lives and may be still living with the symptoms. 2
  • Of men and women ages 30-70 who awaken during the night to use the bathroom, more than one-third get up twice or more per night to urinate, fitting the clinical diagnosis of nocturia. Of these adults, one in eight say they sometimes lose urine on the way to the bathroom. 2
  • Two-thirds of men and women age 30-70 have never discussed bladder health with their doctor. 2
  • One in eight Americans who have experienced loss of bladder control have been diagnosed. Men are less likely to be diagnosed than women. Men are also less likely to talk about it with friends and family, and are more likely to be uninformed. 2
  • On average, women wait 6.5 years from the first time they experience symptoms until they obtain a diagnosis for their bladder control problem(s). 2
  • Two-thirds of individuals who experience loss of bladder control symptoms do not use any treatment or product to manage their incontinence. 2 
  • Urinary incontinence affects an estimated 18.3 million women in the United States. 66
  • It is estimated that the incidence of women with at least one pelvic floor disorder will nearly double by the year 2050 from 28.1 million to 43.8 million. 66
  • It is estimated that the the incidence women with UI will increase by 55%. 66
  • In a clinical study 40% of women reported urinary incontinence affected their work or other activities. 67
  • Less than 50% of women with urinary incontinence have discussed their symptoms with a health care provider. 68