How common is urinary incontinence?

More than 13 million Americans — male and female, young and old — have incontinence. Women are more likely to leak urine than men.Older women have more bladder control problems than younger women. But loss of bladder control does not have to happen as you age. If you’re leaking urine, talk to your doctor about it. Your doctor can help you. For more information on talking to your doctor about urinary incontinence, see “How do I talk to my doctor about urinary incontinence?”