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Risk Factors for Urinary Incontinence
It is possible to develop chronic urinary incontinence with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing urinary incontinence. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
Although there are many different causes of incontinence, the risk factors listed here pertain to the most common types of incontinence.
The following conditions increase your risk of developing incontinence:
The risk of incontinence generally increases with age.
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Last reviewed December 2013 by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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