If you or someone you care for is experiencing adult incontinence, you are not alone. Many millions of Americans are experiencing the same challenges. The International Continence Society (ICS) defines incontinence as the involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control.
How common is adult incontinence?
Urinary incontinence affects 200 million people worldwide
It is estimated that over 25 million people in the United States experience incontinence
At least 50% of all nursing home residents have urinary incontinence and many of them experience loss of bowel control as well
One in five adults over age 40 is affected by overactive bladder or recurrent symptoms of urgency and frequency
More than 5.5 million Americans have fecal incontinence
The condition is far more prevalent in women than men – 85% of them are women
As many as 53% of women over 50 are affected by adult incontinence
10% to 40% of women older than 18 are affected
26% of women of reproductive age experience incontinence on occasion
12.6% of healthy women, 16 to 30 years of age experience AI
20% of women with urinary incontinence also have bowel control problems because of underlying pelvic floor dysfunction