Male Incontinence

Male Incontinence 

Incontinence in men is a challenging subject that often causes frustration and embarrassment in individuals impacted by it. The difficulties created by incontinence are real, but contrary to popular belief, it is not an ordinary part of aging. Many excellent urinary and fecal incontinence treatment options for men exist and are frequently successful. To learn more and get started on your path to healing, contact us today.

Types of Male Incontinence 


Functional Bladder Incontinence in Men: Functional bladder incontinence or functional urinary incontinence occurs when a man recognizes the need to urinate, but is unable to access a toilet due to a separate medical or environmental issue. Although urinary incontinence happens more often in older men, it is not an ordinary part of aging. Causes of functional bladder incontinence in men can vary but include medical issues such as nerve damage or an enlarged prostate. Learn more and get help with functional bladder incontinence here.

Overflow Bladder Incontinence in Men: Overflow bladder incontinence occurs in men when they are unable to completely empty their bladder. Overflow incontinence is more common in men. Causes include medications, an enlarged prostate, nerve problems and more. Learn more about male overflow bladder incontinence here. 

Urge Incontinence in Men: Urge incontinence in men refers to the urge to have to urinate so badly that you cannot reach the toilet. Urge incontinence is triggered by bladder spasms and most commonly takes place in older women, but men can experience it too. Causes include injuries, bladder inflammation, bladder stones and more. Learn more about urge incontinence and treatment options today. 

Reflex Urinary Incontinence in Men: Similar to urge incontinence, reflex urinary incontinence is caused by the same bladder spasms but usually results in more leakage. Reflex urinary incontinence in men can be related to neurological issues. Learn more about reflex urinary incontinence here.

Stress Urinary Incontinence in Men: Caused by involuntary physical stress or pressure placed on the bladder, stress urinary incontinence is more common in women than men, but may happen to either. Urinary leakage takes place during activities such as sneezing, coughing, or laughing. Learn more about stress urinary incontinence here.

Mixed Incontinence in Men: Mixed incontinence refers to a combination of stress and urge incontinence. More information about mixed urinary incontinence can be found here. 

BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) in Men: BPH in men is a prostate condition where the prostate gland enlarges and causes urination issues due to blocking or reduction of urine flow. Common symptoms include bladder discomfort, urinary leakage, the inability to urinate and more. Learn more about BPH here.

Erectile Dysfunction in Men: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is where a man is unable to get or keep an erection resulting in the inability to have sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction in men can overlap with incontinence issues and sometimes is caused by the same root issue. Signs and symptoms include lowered interest in sex, inability to maintain an erection or the inability to get an erection. Treatment options are varied and range from acupuncture to diet changes and penile prosthesis. Learn more about erectile dysfunction here.


Double Incontinence in Men: Double incontinence or dual incontinence is used to describe individuals who suffer from both urinary and fecal incontinence problems. Double incontinence occurs equally in men and women, but is less common than other types of incontinence. Symptoms include problems such as constipation, loss of urine and stool, flatulence and more. Learn more about double incontinence here.

Fecal Impaction in Men: Fecal impaction, also known as encopresis, refers to a condition in which stool builds up in the rectum or colon. The stool then becomes hard and impacted, causing loose stool to leak out around it. Learn more about fecal impaction here.

Flatus Bowel Incontinence in Men: Flatus bowel incontinence in men refers to the inability to determine whether a feeling of fullness in the rectum is caused by the need to pass a stool or flatulence. This can lead to individuals soiling themselves. Learn more about symptoms and treatment options for flatus bowel incontinence in men here.

Passive Bowel Incontinence in Men: Passive bowel incontinence in men refers to a medical condition in which the brain does not send warning signals to the individual that the rectum is full. Passive bowel incontinence is very common and highly treatable. Learn more about treatment options and symptoms here.

Rectal Leakage in Men: Rectal leakage or rectal incontinence refers to a medical condition in which the sphincter muscle does not function properly due to nerve issues, causing individuals to defecate with little to no warning. Learn more about rectal leakage symptoms and treatment options here.

Urge Bowel Incontinence in Men: Urge bowel incontinence refers to a medical condition in which fecal matter is released from the rectum despite the attempt to retain it. It is common among men, though most common among women. Urges are often very sudden and the individual may not be able to reach the restroom. Learn more about symptoms and treatment options for urge bowel incontinence here.

Male Incontinence Diagnosis Methods 

Various medical procedures and tests can be utilized to diagnose urinary and fecal incontinence issues in men. Explore the following to learn more about each of these common procedures including some at-home analysis options: 

Anorectal Manometry
Post-void Residual Measurement
Upper Endoscopy
Voiding Diary

Male Treatment Methods 

A variety of treatment methods exist to help with incontinence issues in men. Select a treatment option below to learn more and get help today.

Dietary Modification
Physical Therapy for Fecal Incontinence
Artificial Urinary Sphincter (AUS)

Biofeedback Physical Therapy
Urethral Sling
Urolift for BPH
Sacral Nerve Stimulation

Patient Resources for Men

Medtronic Interstim II System
UroLift BPH Relief

To learn more, contact our team or call our discreet, dedicated Medical Concierge at 1.888.741.6403.

About The Incontinence Institute

At the Incontinence Institute, our team of healthcare providers understand the physical and mental trials that accompany living with urinary or bowel incontinence. Because of this, we are sensitive to your situation and treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and concern for discretion.

Individual incontinence conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with incontinence procedures and / or surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. The opinions expressed in patient testimonials are by patients only; they are not qualified medical professionals. These opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a licensed doctor, etc.

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