Male Incontinence

This is how some men feel
Urinary incontinence is not just a problem for women. There are a large number of men who suffer with this condition. However, because the number of women who have incontinence greatly outnumber men there has been a lack of development in incontinence products for men. The good news is that today, that is changing. Men who are trying to manage their incontinence can find a variety of incontinence products that run the gamut from adult diapers to incontinence undergarments that can be used with or without incontinence pads. These incontinence supplies can help make the day to day dealing of incontinence must easier to handle.

There are several different causes of male incontinence. It is important to keep in mind that if you are male and begin having incontinence symptoms you should immediately seek out a medical evaluation. Incontinence is never a natural part of aging nor is it something that anyone has to just live with. The incontinence symptoms that you are experiencing could be the result of several different serious medical conditions. These medical conditions include but are not limited to:
  • Prostate problems-This is the most common cause of male incontinence. However, it is important to know that early detection of any type of prostate problem (including cancer), can mean faster and more effective treatment of both the incontinence symptoms and the underlying problem. However, it should be noted that incontinence can be both a symptom of prostate problems and a side effect from the resulting treatment.
  • Head and/or spinal cord injuries-Any type of damage to the head or spinal cord can result in the loss of control of the urinary system. Often time’s brain injuries will interrupt or lose the signals needed to control urinary function. It should be noted that this type of incontinence is sometimes temporary depending on the severity of the injury.
  • Neurological diseases-These are classified as degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Diabetes-Incontinence can occur as a result of uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Urinary tract infections-This type of incontinence can often be resolved with the use of antibiotics to treat the underlying infection.
  • Smoking and drinking-Excessive smoking and the use of alcohol can bring on symptoms of incontinence.
  • Reaction to medication-There are some medications that can bring on urinary incontinence.
  • Mental or emotional distress-Acute distress can often lead to incontinence.
  • Obesity-Carrying around to much weight puts significant pressure on the muscles that surround the urinary system. This weakening and pressure can cause incontinence.
Watch this video.  How to choose the right incontinence product. 

Studies show that men who are experiencing incontinence often delay reporting symptoms to their doctor. This is often done out of embarrassment over this intimate issue. However, it is important to understand that any delay in reporting can also bring on a delay in treatment and a reduction in the effectiveness of the treatment. The bottom line is that there is a wide variety of treatment options that your doctor can prescribe to treat your incontinence symptoms. To find out more about all aspects of incontinence please visit

While treatment is being pursued men who are needing to manage their incontinence should be purchasing the incontinence product that works best for them. This can be a trial and error process but over time you can determine which incontinence product will meet your needs in terms of absorbency, style, and fit. For help and guidance in selecting incontinence products please click on

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