If you have urinary leakage when you walk, laugh, sneeze, exercise, or lift heavy objects, you may be suffering from stress urinary incontinence.1 This type of incontinence occurs when a healthy bladder sphincter muscle becomes damaged or stops working properly. It can be bothersome and can interfere with the activities of daily living or even prevent them altogether. See your doctor or urologist if you think you may be experiencing stress urinary incontinence.
As with many health issues that impact a patient’s quality of life, there is a range of treatment options available. The easiest are behavioural changes, that can progress to intervention or external devices, injection therapy and potentially to long-term surgical options like the male sling or artificial urinary sphincter. Talk to your doctor or urologist to explore whether this option is right for you.
Changes to your lifestyle and diet, regular exercise and reducing stress may impact the urinary incontinence symptoms.
Your GP or physiotherapist may encourage you to perform regular pelvic floor or Kegel exercises. These isolate and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and can help men regain bladder control.
Until urinary control returns, using absorbent pads or special underwear can also help. Some men may use collection devices such as external or condom catheters or urine collection pouches to avoid accidental leakage.
For men that suffer from persistent incontinence, there are long term treatments available.
Artificial Urinary Sphincter (AUS)
The artificial urinary sphincter or AUS, is designed to replicate the function of the external sphincter muscle to control urine. The AUS is suitable for men suffering from severe urinary incontinence.
- Chung, E., Katz, D. J., & Love, C. (2017). Adult male stress and urge urinary incontinence – A review of pathophysiology and treatment strategies for voiding dysfunction in men. Australian Family Physician, 46(9), 661–666.
- National Association for Continence. (n.d.). Retrieved December 13, 2019, from https://www.nafc.org/diet-and-exercise
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