Urinary Incontinence

There are many types of urinary incontinence that men can suffer from. Three of the main ones are: urge incontinence, stress incontinence, and overflow incontinence. Some other types of urinary incontinence are: post-void dribbling, mixed incontinence, double incontinence, structural incontinence, giggle incontinence, functional incontinence, transient incontinence and nocturnal enuresis. The earliest recorded treatment of urinary incontinence goes all the way back to 1500 BC, in a medical book called the “Ebers Papyrus”.

In this book there is a mention of pads used to help treat urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence may also be known as involuntary urination and enuresis.


There are not any symptoms for urinary incontinence as it is not really a diseases, per se. It is most often than not a result of having a health problem such as enlarged prostate, diabetes or polyuria. The one main sign that points to urinary incontinence is urinary incontinence. That is to say, urinating against your control. There are a number of ways to figure out if you have a urinary incontinence. They include: cystoscopy, stress test, blood tests, urodynamics, ultrasound, and urinalysis.


The main cause of urinary incontinence in men is enlarged prostate. However, prostate cancer and the treatments and medications used to treat it can also cause urinary incontinence. Other causes, that are not just for men are: parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, strokes, polyuria, and caffeine. So, as you can see, urinary incontinence is usually the result of an underlying medical condition and not a medical condition in and of itself.

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Treatment for urinary incontinence can include surgery, medication, behavior management, conservative treatment, pelvic floor therapy and bladder retraining. One form of treatment that is highly recommended by professionals is exercise. More specifically, exercising your pelvis muscles. This sort of exercise is called kegel exercises. It is also part of pelvic floor therapy. Medications such as oxybutynin, tolterodine and fesoterodine can be just as harmful as they are helpful. Also, the success rates are not that high. About 1 out of every 10 people treated with incontinence medicines actually stop being incontinent. Surgery is generally a last resort with incontinence. The transobturator tape involves surgically placing mesh tape underneath the urethra of the patient. Today this treatment has about an 80% success rate. There are a number of different types of slings that are also used for urinary incontinence. They include the readjustable sling, the mini-sling and the needleless sling. They act similarly to the transobturator tape. Devices such as diapers and catheters may be used but are not normally considered “treatments”.


Again, as urinary incontinence is not a disease or medical condition it does not really require a prognosis. However, it can have a huge impact on a person's quality of life. Men are especially ashamed of having urinary incontinence and it is quite common to go unreported to their doctors. Urinary incontinence is usually the result of an underlying medical condition that can be treated. In men, urinary incontinence can be caused by prostate cancer which can be quite serious.