Urinary incontinence among men

In brief

Urinary incontinence is the term used to describe the involuntary and uncontrollable leakage of urine that occurs when the sphincter is no longer sufficiently toned.

The causes of urinary incontinence among men

Urinary incontinence affects over 2 million men worldwide.

It can be caused by prostate removal, infections or drug treatments, diseases, urethral strictures, bladder sphincter dysfunction, pelvic trauma, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or neurological disorders.

Treatments for urinary incontinence for men

Treatments are available; these depend on the cause of the problem.

Incontinence due to weakened pelvic muscles

Several treatments are possible: pelvic floor physiotherapy, suburethral slings, a bladder balloon, or an artificial sphincter in cases of severe incontinence.

Incontinence due to benign prostatic hyperplasia

Medical treatment is possible: prostate phytotherapy

Retention incontinence

Treatment consists of removing the obstruction by resection, prostatic adenomectomy, or urethral stricture sectioning. It is also possible to switch to self-catheterisation or chronic catheterisation in the case of a neurogenic bladder.

Overactive bladder incontinence

A range of solutions are possible: anticholinergics, neuromodulation or botulinum toxin type-A injections.