Incontinence explained

Urinary incontinence is widespread

In 2005, a representative survey* showed that around 12.6% of Germans across all age groups suffer from incontinence, meaning that over 10 million people could be affected. Out of those people, around 4 million sufferers would be male.

Urinary incontinence grows more common with age with 71% of people suffering from incontinence being over the age of 40.

Many people with bladder weakness and loss of bladder control don’t like to talk openly about it. This makes it hard to say how many people are really affected by urinary incontinence and how many develop the condition each year. Some experts believe that many cases go unreported and untreated.

Urinary incontinence is a problem that occurs across all cultures, all over the world. It’s estimated that one in three people may develop this condition at some point in their lives. In addition, at least one in six will end up developing an overactive bladder, loss of bladder control and a related skin irritation or depression, any of which could interfere with living a normal, active life.

*883 men and 1,182 women took part in the survey.

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