Women experience incontinence twice as often as men. Pregnancy and childbirth,, menopause, and the shortened structure of the female urinary tract account for this difference. But both women and men can become incontinent from neurologic injury, congenital defects, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and physical problems associated with aging.

While urinary incontinence affects older women more often than younger women, the onset of incontinence is not inevitable with age. Incontinence is treatable and often curable at all ages.