About Male Incontinence

Incontinence is the inability to control your bladder. It is a symptom of a problem in your urinary tract, and though it is more common in older men, it can affect men of all ages. 
The most common type of incontinence is stress incontinence, which happens during activities that put stress on your bladder such as running, exercise, sneezing or coughing. Other types of incontinence include urge incontinence, overflow incontinence and total incontinence. Incontinence can become an issue if you have had your prostate gland removed, damaged your sphincter or if there is something blocking your urethra. Certain lifestyle habits, including diet, alcohol and over-the-counter or prescription drug use can affect your symptoms.


In most cases, male incontinence is easily reversible, especially if it was caused by something treatable such as a urinary tract infection, constipation or restricted mobility after an injury. Other treatments include bladder training, fluid management, kegel exercises and medication. If necessary, surgery can help if other treatments fail.