September 26, 2023
Male Urinary Incontinence: Causes, Types and Management Options at Priapus Medical

Male urinary incontinence, characterized by the involuntary loss of urine, can be a distressing and embarrassing condition that significantly affects an individual’s quality of life. At Priapus Medical, our highly experienced board-certified urologists, Dr. Cal Andreou and Dr. Dinesh Samarasekera, have over 30 combined years of experience treating men in British Columbia with confidentiality, empathy, and respect. We understand the impact of urinary incontinence on a man’s physical and emotional well-being, and we are committed to providing compassionate care that addresses the conditions leading to incontinence while providing effective solutions to manage this condition.

In this educational article, we explore the common causes and types of male urinary incontinence, as well as the range of management options available at Priapus Medical. By understanding the underlying causes of incontinence and the various treatments available, you can take an active role in improving your urologic health and managing this condition effectively. Trust the dedicated professionals at Priapus Medical to help you navigate the intricacies of urinary incontinence management, ensuring your journey towards optimal urologic health is both successful and comfortable.

Causes and Risk Factors for Male Urinary Incontinence

Several factors may lead to the development of urinary incontinence in men, including medical conditions, surgical procedures, and certain medications. Some common causes and risk factors include:

1. Prostate Issues

An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) or prostate cancer can cause incontinence due to increased pressure on the bladder or urethra.

2. Neurological Disorders

Conditions that affect the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, or Parkinson’s disease, can disrupt nerve signals essential for bladder control, leading to incontinence.

3. Injury or Surgery

Pelvic injury or surgery involving the urinary tract, particularly prostate surgery, can damage the muscles and nerves responsible for bladder control and may cause incontinence.

4. Age

As men age, the muscles controlling the bladder may weaken, increasing the risk of urinary incontinence.

Types of Male Urinary Incontinence

There are several types of male urinary incontinence, each with its unique symptoms and causes:

1. Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence refers to the involuntary leakage of urine during physical activities that increase pressure on the bladder, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting heavy objects.

2. Urge Incontinence

Also known as overactive bladder, urge incontinence involves the sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by involuntary loss of urine. This type of incontinence could be caused by damage to the bladder’s nerves, the presence of bladder stones, or urinary tract infections.

3. Overflow Incontinence

Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder does not empty fully, leading to frequent dribbling of urine. This type of incontinence is often caused by an obstruction in the urinary tract or nerve damage affecting bladder control.

4. Functional Incontinence

Functional incontinence refers to the inability to reach the toilet in time due to physical or cognitive impairments.

Comprehensive Management Options at Priapus Medical

At Priapus Medical, our expert urologists offer a range of advanced diagnostic and management options for male urinary incontinence, tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient:

1. Behavioural Therapies

Behavioural therapies involve making lifestyle modifications or learning techniques to improve bladder control. These may include bladder training, timed voiding, or pelvic floor muscle exercises.

2. Medications

Depending on the cause of the incontinence, medications such as anticholinergics, alpha-blockers, or tricyclic antidepressants may be prescribed to help manage symptoms.

3. Medical Devices and Products

Products such as incontinence pads, penile clamps, or condom catheters can provide a means to manage urine leakage discreetly. Additionally, a pessary device may be used to compress the urethra and prevent urine leakage.

4. Minimally Invasive Procedures

Minimally invasive treatments, such as bulking agent injections or sacral nerve stimulation, may be recommended to address specific types of incontinence.

5. Surgery

For incontinence that does not respond to conservative treatments or has a clear anatomical cause, surgical options such as sling procedures, artificial urinary sphincter implantation, or bladder neck reconstruction may be considered.

Optimizing Your Urologic Health with Priapus Medical

By thoroughly understanding the causes, types, and comprehensive management options for male urinary incontinence, you can take control of your urologic health and improve your quality of life. The team of highly experienced urologists at Priapus Medical is dedicated to offering personalized care, supporting you on your journey towards effective incontinence management, and ensuring optimal urologic health.

Conclusion: Regain Confidence and Control with Priapus Medical

Urinary incontinence might feel overwhelming, but understanding its causes and types, as well as the available management options at Priapus Medical can empower you to address this condition effectively. Under the guidance and support of our board-certified urologists, Dr. Cal Andreou and Dr. Dinesh Samarasekera, regain control of your urologic health and embrace a future free of urinary incontinence. Trust Priapus Medical to provide comprehensive, empathetic, and expert care – because your well-being is our priority.