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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Nasrin Nikravangolsefid, MD-MPH [2]


Common risk factors in the development of urinary incontinence include aging, family history of urinary incontinence, multiparity, vaginal delivery, menopause, obesity, pelvic organ prolapse and history of comorbidities such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and osteoarthritis, neurologic disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, parkinson and cerebral palsy, history of urogenital surgeries, constipation, history of urinary tract infection, physical disabilities, high intake of alcohol, caffeine and some medications.

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