Current Urology Reports

, 12:370 | Cite as

Epidemiology of Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women

  • W. Stuart Reynolds
  • Roger R. Dmochowski
  • David F. PensonEmail author


Stress urinary incontinence is common and affects many women globally. About 50% of women with urinary incontinence report symptoms of stress incontinence, but estimates of the prevalence and incidence are limited by inconsistent methods of measurement between epidemiologic studies in different populations. Estimates also are affected by underlying differences in the age and ethnicity of study populations. Longitudinal studies assessing the incidence and natural history of stress incontinence estimate an annual incidence of 4% to 10%. While remission does occur, data on this remains sparse. Multiple risk factors have been associated with stress incontinence and may to contribute to the development of the condition. Recent epidemiologic studies have focused on defining additional lower urinary tract symptoms besides mixed or urge incontinence that may be associated with stress incontinence, but the significance of this is not yet known.


Female urology Epidemiology Population studies Prevalence Incidence Incontinence Stress urinary incontinence Mixed urinary incontinence Urge urinary incontinence Risk factors Pelvic prolapse Cluster analysis Voiding dysfunction 



W.S. Reynolds: none. Dr. Roger R. Dmochowski has served as a consultant for Merck & Co., Inc., Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic, and Pfizer. D. F. Penson: none.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Stuart Reynolds
    • 1
  • Roger R. Dmochowski
    • 1
  • David F. Penson
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Urologic SurgeryVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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