Our objectives in this study were to determine the severity of incontinence using pad testing and the effects of incontinence on the life quality of women with stress incontinence. Fifty women with a diagnosis of stress urinary incontinence were selected for the study. The Symptom Severity Index (SSI) and Symptom Impact Index (SII) were used to determine the severity and impact of incontinence. Afterwards the women were given a 1-h pad test. According to the pad tests 38% of women suffered severe to very severe incontinence. Women who showed severe incontinence on pad .testing scored high in the SSI; on the other hand, no relationship was found between SII and pad test indicators. It was also observed that both SSI and SII scores increased with increasing age of the women (SSI: r = 0.29, P < 0.05; SII: r = 0.30 P < 0.05). It may therefore be concluded that the severity of incontinence makes no difference in the effects of incontinence on the life quality of women.