Urinary Incontinence in Men
Treatment other than surgery or medicine may be used to treat urinary incontinence.
- For stress incontinence, Reference biofeedback, a technique that helps you learn to control a specific body function, may be an option for some men who have stress incontinence or urge incontinence.
- For urge incontinence, behavioral therapies such as biofeedback and bladder training can be used to treat urge incontinence.
- For overflow incontinence, some men may require intermittent self-catheterization. During this procedure, a catheter is inserted into the bladder, usually 3 or 4 times a day.
Other treatment choices
Reference Catheterization may be used to treat
severe incontinence that cannot be managed with medicines or surgery. Catheters
don't cure incontinence but rather allow you or a caregiver to manage
- Reference Intermittent self-catheterization is done with a thin, flexible, hollow tube (catheter) that is inserted through the Reference urethra Opens New Window into the Reference bladder Opens New Window, allowing the urine to drain out.
- Indwelling catheterization uses a catheter that remains in place continuously. For more information, see the topic Reference Care for an Indwelling Urinary Catheter.
- Condom or Texas catheter uses a special condom that can be attached to a tube for short-term use. The condom, placed over the penis, keeps the tube in place. The tube allows the urine to drain out.
- Reference Behavioral therapies, including Reference biofeedback and pelvic muscle exercises, are used to treat urge and stress incontinence.
- Continence products such as Reference absorbent pads or diapers, incontinence clamps, or pressure cuffs may be used to manage any form of incontinence. Some of these products absorb leaked urine and some put pressure on the urethra to help prevent urine from leaking.
What to think about
Men often use absorbent products, such as pads or diapers, when other methods of treating incontinence have failed or cannot be used. Some men may prefer to use absorbent products rather than taking medicines or having surgery. They may also use absorbent products after surgery for prostate cancer, while they are waiting to see if their incontinence goes away. This method doesn't treat the incontinence but instead manages the problem. In general, absorbent products should only be used along with a more specific treatment, because use of absorbent products can hide a more serious condition that may be curable.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology