A risk factor increases the chances of getting a disease or health problem. You can have urinary incontinence with or without any of these listed below. The more risks you have, the higher your chances of having them. Talk to your doctor about the steps you need to take to lower your risk.

The list points to the most common causes even though there are many types:


Having certain health problems can make the risk of incontinence higher. These are:


Incontinence is more common in people who are older. The risk of having it, as well as health problems that contribute to it, increases with age.


Incontinence is more common in women than in men.

The stress and urge types are more common in women. This can happen during or after pregnancy or menopause. These cause changes in the structure and strength of the pelvis.

Men are more likely to have the obstruction and overflow types. The prostate surrounds the tube that carries urine out of the body. Changes in the prostate can slow or stop urine flow.