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Prog Urol. 2018 Dec;28(17):973-979. doi: 10.1016/j.purol.2018.07.006. Epub 2018 Aug 8.

[Sedentary lifestyle and urinary incontinence in women: A literature review].

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Service d'urologie, CHU Charles Nicolle, 1, rue de Germont, 76000 Rouen, France. Electronic address:
Cabinet de rééducation, 2, rue Lyautey, 75016 Paris, France.
Cabinet de rééducation, 71, boulevard de Sébastopol, 75002 Paris, France.
Service d'urologie, CHU Charles Nicolle, 1, rue de Germont, 76000 Rouen, France.



The sedentary lifestyle is defined by a lack of regular mobilizing activities in the activities of daily life. The purpose of this work was to gather data related to the potential link between urinary incontinence and sedentary lifestyle in women.


A literature review (Pubmed/MEDLINE databases) based on keywords: women; urinary incontinence; sedentary; sedentary behavior; sedentary lifestyle; physical activity; exercise; sport, over the period 2008-2018 was carried out.


Five cross-sectional observational studies were analyzed. Overall, the data supported a link between sedentary behavior and urinary incontinence in women. Several potential confounding factors (age, body mass index, comorbidities, lower socio-familial support) have been identified in the literature. Pathophysiological mechanisms remain poorly established, potentially including metabolic factors, postural factors and muscle dysfunctions. Few articles respected the strict definition of sedentary lifestyle, and no prospective study investigating the causal link between meddle or long-term sedentary was highlighted.


The limited data available in the literature suggests that sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor for female urinary incontinence. Many confounding factors have been identified, justifying further studies evaluating more specifically the causal link between sedentary lifestyle and urinary incontinence in women.


Activité physique; Comportement sédentaire; Exercice; Femmes; Incontinence urinaire; Physical activity; Sedentary; Sedentary behaviour; Sedentary lifestyle; Sport; Style de vie sédentaire; Sédentarité; Urinary incontinence; Women

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