Men and Urinary Incontinence: Why it Happens and What You Can Do

Urine leakage happens to 1 in 4 men, which makes it a common occurrence. Naturally, the symptoms differ between each man, but whether you're dealing with just a few drops every now and then or larger leaks, take comfort in knowing that there's help available and you can discreetly manage the condition.

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence occurs when the normal process of storing and passing urine is disrupted.

The cause of urine leakage in men can depend on many factors, so it's important to get an assessment from your doctor so you can get the right treatment. However, common types of male incontinence include:

Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence — also known as an "overactive bladder" — is the most common type of urine leakage in men. This is when you experience a sudden urge to urinate, but can't hold it in until you reach a toilet. The feeling is so intense that it's hard to make it to the bathroom in time.

Subsequently, you may need to urinate more than four times a day, as well as several times during the night. Urge incontinence is often linked to an enlarged prostate or the aftermath of prostate surgery. 

Stress Incontinence

If you leak urine when you put pressure on your bladder — for example, when you cough, laugh, lift something heavy or sneeze, this is described as stress incontinence, which is most common in men who have recently had prostate surgery.

Overflow Incontinence

If you have a continuous or intermittent flow of urine, this may be overflow incontinence, which is usually caused by something blocking the urine flow. As a result, this causes the bladder to overflow and then leak.

Some men may have one, two, or all three types of incontinence in any given combination.

What Causes Urinary Incontinence?

In men, incontinence can be brought on by medical conditions, such as an enlarged prostate, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. It can be common after some types of prostate surgery, too. 

Sometimes it can develop for reasons we don't completely understand, like overactive bladder (OAB). To get you the right treatment, your doctor will need to find the cause of your problem.

How Can I Manage Urinary Incontinence? 

The treatment you receive for urinary incontinence will depend on the type of incontinence you have and the severity of your symptoms, but it may include lifestyle changes, pelvic floor muscle training (Kegel exercises) and bladder training. After this, medication or surgery may be considered.

In the meantime, if you’re worried about having an accident or if you’re avoiding going out or joining in with social or physical activities, there is absolutely no need, as there are plenty of helpful incontinence products for men to help keep you dry and comfortable.

Incontinence Products For Men

  • Incontinence Pads For Men: Specially designed incontinence pads for men can be worn with mesh pants or regular underwear and are ideal for managing light to moderate incontinence.
  • Incontinence Underpants For Men: Washable incontinence underwear feels just like regular underwear with an elasticated waistband and fully functional fly opening, as well as a built-in super-absorbent pad.

At Bayliss Mobility, we are proud of our selection of incontinence aids for daily living. Disposable and washable incontinence pads are excellent options for those who need them, and our wide range ensures that there is a product to meet every need.

If you have any questions feel free to call or drop us an email and we will be more than happy to help.  

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Sammie KershawEditor