Urological Conditions - Male Urology
Overview of Incontinence in Males

Urinary incontinence (UI) is the accidental leakage of urine. At different ages, males and females have different risks for developing UI. In childhood, girls usually develop bladder control at an earlier age than boys, and bedwetting-or nocturnal enuresis-is less common in girls than in boys. However, adult women are far more likely than adult men to experience UI because of anatomical differences in the pelvic region and the changes induced by pregnancy and childbirth. Nevertheless, many men do suffer from incontinence. Its prevalence increases with age, but UI is not an inevitable part of aging.

UI is a treatable problem. To find a treatment that addresses the root of the problem, you need to talk with your health care provider. The three forms of UI are

  • stress incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine during actions-such as coughing, sneezing, and lifting-that put abdominal pressure on the bladder

  • urge incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine following an overwhelming urge to urinate that cannot be halted

  • overflow incontinence, which is the constant dribbling of urine usually associated with urinating frequently and in small amounts



Learn about Incontinence in Women

 
Additional Reference Documents (PDFs):

Urinary Incontinence in Men  NKUDIC: NIH Publication No. 07-5280 June 2007
Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia  NKUDIC: NIH Publication No. 07-3012 June 2006
Medical Tests for Prostate Problems  NKUDIC: NIH Publication No. 12-5105 January 2012
What I need to know about Prostate Problems  NIH: NIH Publication No. 08 4806 February 2008

References:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
AND HUMAN SERVICES

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases
Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)

National Institutes of Health
NIH Publication No. 07-5280
June 2007

Websites for Additional Information:

AUAFoundation - The Official Foundation of the American Urological Association

NKDEP - National Kidney Disease Education Program

NKUDIC-National Kidney and Urologic Diseases
Information Clearinghouse

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases
Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)Kidney and Urologic Diseases A-Z list of Topics and Titles

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