Incontinence, the loss of urine or bladder control, often affects men who have had nerve problems or prostate issues. Although incontinence is a treatable condition that may cause embarrassment, it can be managed with proper medical care. The urologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are experts at diagnosing and treating incontinence. They understand how sensitive bladder control problems can be for men, and offer a relaxed and private setting to evaluate patients and tailor customized treatment plans.
Urologic services are available at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Main Campus in Boston, at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, at Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center at Foxborough, and at our newest locations Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Milford and Brigham and Women's Health Care Center at Westwood. Discuss the most convenient location for you when you make an appointment with a patient coordinator.
Factors that contribute to an increased risk of developing urinary incontinence include:
Incontinence can be caused by multiple factors including lifestyle habits, physical problems and medical conditions. Causes of temporary and persistent urinary incontinence include:
Symptoms associated with incontinence in men include:
Some men with urinary incontinence experience minor leaks of urine while others frequently wet their clothes. The following are types of incontinence:
Diagnosing incontinence in its earlier stages can lower the risk of developing future problems and relieve bothersome symptoms. Your urologist may complete the following diagnostic tests:
Treatment for stress incontinence may include:
Treatment for urgency incontinence may include:
Treatment for overflow incontinence may involve:
An easy prevention technique is to learn and practice pelvic floor exercises at a young age, before the onset of urinary incontinence. It is recommended that men experiencing mild symptoms be evaluated by a BWH urologist. Early treatment will prevent serious future problems.
You will receive a thorough diagnostic examination and receive treatment by a board-certified urologist who specializes in male incontinence. Our goal is to alleviate or eliminate symptoms so you can return to everyday life.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital practices a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, routinely collaborating with colleagues in other medical specialties. If your urologist discovers that an underlying illness has contributed to your incontinence, you will be referred to an appropriate BWH physician for an evaluation.
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