More than 33 million Americans experience some form of urinary incontinence or bladder condition, according to the National Association for Continence. It occurs in men of all ages, though chances increase with age.
There are three basic forms of male incontinence:
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Different types of incontinence have different causes:
The main symptom of incontinence is the accidental release of urine.
A urologist will perform a detailed history and physical exam, so it is helpful if the patient keeps a diary for a few days beforehand to record times of urination, the amount of urine, leakage and foods and beverages consumed. The physician may also perform one of several tests:
Lifestyle changes, including modifications to the diet and Kegel (pelvic squeezing) exercises, can help manage both stress and urge incontinence. The physician may also recommend the following treatments:
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