Male stress urinary incontinence



What is male stress urinary incontinence?

The kidneys main job is to filter out waste from the blood. Once it does so, it mixes this waste with water and sends it to the bladder. The bladder holds the urine until it’s time to pee. While the bladder muscle squeezes, the sphincter relaxes, allowing the urine to be released. Any sort of physical stress on the system can cause urine to be released unintentionally. That’s male stress urinary incontinence (male SUI).

In other words, male SUI occurs when the sphincters surrounding the urethraopen at an inappropriate time – laugh, sneeze, cough, lift something, or change posture.

How common is male stress urinary incontinence?

Please discuss with your doctor for further information.


What are the symptoms of male stress urinary incontinence?

With stress incontinence, mens leak urine when they sneeze, cough, laugh, lift something, change position, or do something that puts stress or strain on their bladder.

Depending on the severity of damage, the leakage can be light or even a steady stream of urine, enough to soak the patients’ underwear.

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.


What causes male stress urinary incontinence?

In men, the biggest cause of SUI results from a procedure to remove a benign or a cancerous prostate that has enlarged, resulting in difficulties urinating. Most medical minds agree that this manifests in one of two ways. Either damage to the urinary sphincter leads to incontinence or the removal of physical support creates functional problems for the sphincter when the prostate gland is removed. This is known as post-prostatectomy incontinence.

When the strength of the sphincter muscle is compromised, urine may leak through the urethra.

Risk factors

What increases my risk for male stress urinary incontinence?

Please consult your doctor for further information.

Diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is male stress urinary incontinence diagnosed?

To pinpoint the culprit in your SUI, your physician can perform diagnostic tests to evaluate function and exact cause of the leakage. Along with a physical exam and medical history, other tools such as a urine flow test, blood tests, cystoscopy, and urodynamic testing may be used to develop a clearer picture. It may also be helpful to keep a diary to document your urinary habits. Once diagnosed, there are several treatment options available.

How is male stress urinary incontinence treated?

Non-invasive treatment

  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises
  • Biofeedback
  • Injection Therapy

Surgical treatment

  • Male Sling. A mesh implant that compresses the urethra and moves it, allowing for better function.
  • Artificial Urinary Sphincter. An inflatable cuff that allows the man to control the flow of urine, releasing the cuff when time to urinate, then inflating to keep leakage from occurring.

Pharmaceutical treatment

  • Tofranil® (imipramine)
  • Sudafed® (pseudophedrine)

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage male stress urinary incontinence?

The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with male stress urinary incontinence:

Behavioral modifications

  • Dietary changes
  • Fluid management. Reducing amount of dietary irritants (coffee, colas, etc.) as well as limiting fluid intake while maintaining 6-8 glasses of water a day may help to reduce symptoms.
  • Bladder retraining

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: October 31, 2017 | Last Modified: October 31, 2017

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