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- Absorbent products come in an array of styles and absorbencies to fit every lifestyle. Active men who want something as close to regular underwear as possible can choose from washable, reusable briefs or premium disposable briefs like look and feel like cloth underwear. Those who need more absorbency can choose from guards, undergarments, underwear, adult diapers and more.
- Kegel exercises, when performed regularly, tone and strengthen the muscles responsible for holding in urine. Starting Kegels before a radical prostatectomy may result in quicker recovery of bladder control. Kegels are performed by tightening only the pelvic muscles, while keeping abdominal, thigh and buttock muscles relaxed. A doctor will prescribe the correct number of frequency, sets and repetitions.
- Bladder retraining, or learning to urinate on a set schedule, can be an effective treatment once pain is under control. A health care provider will develop a bladder retraining program that may include keeping a diary and working up to going longer periods between voiding.
- Medication may be prescribed based on an individual’s type of incontinence. A man with stress incontinence — the most common type following prostate surgery and characterized by leakage when coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising — may be prescribed decongestants to tighten the urethra muscles. One with urge incontinence — when an overactive bladder contracts without warning — may be treated with anticholinergic drugs that block messages to bladder nerves and prevent spasms.