Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the flow of urine from the bladder. It is usually caused by a disease or condition that either damages the urinary system or the surrounding nerves or irritates the bladder. Incontinence can either be temporary or permanent, depending on the underlying cause.
Types of urinary incontinence include:
- Stress incontinence: a leaking of urine that is caused by stress on the bladder due to normal, everyday activities (e.g., sneezing, coughing, laughing, exercising, lifting heavy objects)
- Urge incontinence: urinary incontinence that is caused by a sudden, intense urge to urinate, leaving no time to get to a toilet
- Overflow incontinence: a dribbling of urine (frequent or constant) that is caused by an inability to completely empty the bladder
- Mixed incontinence: a combination of two or more types of urinary incontinence
- Functional incontinence: urinary incontinence due to loss of physical function, making it difficult to get to the toilet on time (e.g., being unable to get out of bed without assistance and not having assistance available)
- Total incontinence: a constant leaking of urine or a complete inability to control the bladder
Click on the links below for more in-depth information about urinary incontinence in men.
Overview of Urinary Incontinence in Men
Symptoms of Urinary Incontinence
For more information on urinary incontinence in men, contact Leroy Jones, MD, urology doctor of San Antonio.