Male Incontinence

Shawn Blick, MD

Penile Implant Surgeon & Men's Health Specialist located in Phoenix, AZ

It’s estimated that more than five million American men are living with male incontinence. While male incontinence may feel embarrassing, it can also prevent you from participating in activities you used to love. Men’s health expert, Dr. Shawn Blick offers diagnosis and treatment of male incontinence at his Phoenix, Arizona-based practice. Most importantly, Dr. Blick is an expert in the surgical treatment of Male Stress Urinary Incontinence often caused by prostate cancer surgery or radiation. To make your appointment with Dr. Blick today, call the office or click the online booking tool.

Male Incontinence Q & A

What is male incontinence?

Male incontinence causes involuntary or accidental leakage of urine. There are many different types of incontinence, and contrary to popular belief, incontinence isn’t a specific medical condition. Instead, it’s a symptom that may point to a more serious underlying health problem. 

Experts estimate that about 2-11% of older men experience incontinence on a regular basis. For some, incontinence is a minor annoyance. For others, it’s a serious problem that interferes with normal activities and quality of life. 

What are the symptoms of male incontinence?

The symptoms of incontinence vary depending on the type of incontinence you have and the severity of your condition. For example, urgency incontinence causes a sudden, urgent need to urinate, followed by accidental leakage due to an overactive bladder. On the other hand, stress incontinence is caused by the damage or weakening of the urinary sphincter. Any increase in abdominal pressure (coughing, sneezing, exercise) may force urine out of the bladder. Dr. Blick specializes in the surgical treatment of male stress urinary incontinence and may offer you a Male Sling or an Artificial Urinary Sphincter based on your history  and the severity of your symptoms.

Other types of incontinence will present differently. Functional incontinence occurs as a result of a physical disability or trouble communicating your need to urinate. This may prevent you from reaching the toilet on time. Overflow incontinence occurs when your bladder becomes too full and literally overflows.  And transient incontinence may occur as a result of a urinary tract infection.

If you regularly experience urine leakage, don’t hesitate to seek medical treatment. Make an appointment with Dr. Blick today. 

Who is at risk of male incontinence?

Male incontinence affects men of all ages and backgrounds. However, there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Having a history of prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate

You’re also more likely to suffer from urinary incontinence if you’ve been diagnosed with a neurological disorder like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. 

How is male incontinence diagnosed?

To diagnose male incontinence, Dr. Blick conducts a physical exam, asks you questions about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. He might also order a urinary analysis, a voiding study or a cystoscopy (look into the bladder) to rule out other potential causes. Usually, these steps are enough to pinpoint the cause of your incontinence.

How is male incontinence treated?

Treatment for incontinence depends on the severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, Dr. Blick recommends conservative, noninvasive treatments. If your symptoms are mild or moderate, Dr. Blick might recommend fluid management, bladder training, or pelvic floor strengthening exercises. If your symptoms persist or get worse, you might benefit from prescription medications or surgical intervention. 

To learn more about the treatment options for male incontinence, make an appointment with Dr. Shawn Blick today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.