Men’s Health

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about men’s health.

Are there medical conditions or procedures that cause urinary incontinence for men?

There are some medical conditions that can cause urinary incontinence in men, including diabetes and an enlarged prostate, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Researchers suspect that microvascular damage caused by diabetes is what leads to urinary incontinence for some people, according to the American Diabetes AssociationOff Site Icon (ADA).

Also in men, some kinds of prostate surgery and other surgeries in the pelvis can cause urinary incontinence, according to the NIH.

In addition, other conditions and life events that can cause urinary incontinence in men, according to the NIH, include:

  • Age – Bladder muscles can get weaker as men age. This leads to decreased bladder capacity to store urine.
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – With this condition, the prostate becomes enlarged but is not cancerous. The enlarged prostate can press against and pinch the urethra. This can eventually lead to incomplete bladder emptying and urinary incontinence.
  • Chronic coughing – An ongoing cough can increase pressure on the bladder and the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Obesity – Excess weight puts pressure on the bladder, which increases the need to urinate even when the bladder is not yet full.
  • Physical inactivity – Decreased activity can increase a body weight, which can lead to muscle weakness.

For more about conditions and procedures that can increase a man’s risk of urinary incontinence, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Nafisa Islam, MD, Brookville Family Care; Gene Lease, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center

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