Male Incontinence

by the IncontinenceSource Editors

Urinary incontinence occurs in 3% to 11% of all men, with a lower prevalence in younger men and increasing percentages with progressing age culminating in higher populations at the age of 70 to 80.1 Of these men, 40% to 80% suffer from urge incontinence, as opposed to stress incontinence (10%). The severity of this incontinence can range from mild to moderate to severe.

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As many as one-quarter to one-third of adults are living with incontinence. Risk factors include: age, obesity, childbirth, and prostate enlargement. Not being able to control leaking urine is embarrassing and can even cause people to limit daily activities and prevent them from enjoying life. Here are some ways medical professionals can support patients living with incontinence.

Avoid Using Adult Diapers with Patients with Incontinence

People who suffer from incontinence are at risk of skin damage. Skin areas most affected are near the buttocks, hips, genitals, and between the pelvis and rectum (perineum). Excess moisture in these areas causes skin problems such as redness, peeling, irritation, and yeast infections. The most common condition related to incontinence and skin care is moisture-associated skin damage (MASD).

urinary incontinence in women

Accidental release of urine is a very common and embarrassing problem, especially among older women. Most health care providers will encounter female patients with incontinence. Primarily because of the physical stress of pregnancy on the bladder, incontinence in women occurs 2-3 times more often than incontinence in men. In women over 40, one study suggested that over 60% experienced incontinence at least once a month. Consequently, it is important for health care providers to be aware of the risk factors to help women with incontinence find effective management strategies.

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urinary incontinence in men

The embarrassing and inconvenient problem of urinary incontinence in men, which affects 3.4 million Americans, is not a normal part of aging. Health care practitioners need to be prepared to talk with male patients about this treatable condition.

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Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is the most common form of urinary incontinence and occurs when an individual has unintentional leakage of urine, usually after an activity that presses on the bladder. Because stress incontinence can occur after simply lifting something heavy, coughing, sneezing, exercising or even having sexual activity, this common medical condition can severely impact a patient's life and mental health.

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stress urinary incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence is a medical condition causing individuals to leak urine involuntarily when they do ordinary daily activities like coughing, standing up, lifting, sneezing, or exercising. Any motion that increases pressure on the bladder can cause involuntary urine loss, especially if the bladder is full. However, unlike urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder, stress urinary incontinence occurs without having an urge to urinate, or having an overly full feeling.

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urge incontinence

Urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder, is the involuntary contraction of bladder wall muscles, causing a sudden and unstoppable need to urinate. Not a normal part of aging, urge incontinence is nonetheless more common in older people, particularly women. Urge incontinence is not a disease but a symptom of medical or lifestyle issues.

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overactive bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB), also known as overactive bladder syndrome, is a condition where there is a frequent urge to urinate to a degree that negatively affects a person’s life. Overactive bladder occurs because the muscles of the bladder start to contract involuntarily even when the volume of urine in your bladder is low. This involuntary contraction creates the urgent need to urinate.

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Incontinence can be divided into two main types - urinary and fecal incontinence. The first one refers to inability to control urine flow, while the second type is marked by inability to control bowel movements. Urinary incontinence is more common than inability to control bowel movements and is further subdivided into the following types: