The treatment you and your doctor
choose depends on your type of
urinary incontinence and how bad your symptoms are.
If there is no infection or
cancer or other cause that could only be cured by surgery, treatment is done in stages.
- Behavioral strategies may be enough to control your symptoms. These include simple changes to your diet, lifestyle, and urinary habits. See Home Treatment for more information.
- Medicines that treat infection or bladder muscle spasm may help.
- Self-catheterization may
help you manage
overflow incontinence from a weak bladder or blockage. It may also be used if surgery is not the best option for you. When you need to drain your bladder, you insert a thin, hollow tube through your urethra into the bladder. To learn more, see Other Treatment.
- Surgery is usually considered when it is the only treatment
that can cure the incontinence, such as when the condition is caused by a
Many men who have
urge incontinence or
overflow incontinence also have an
enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic
hyperplasia, or BPH). For more information, see the topic
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
What to think about
Exercise is important for your physical and emotional health. Even if being active causes some
leakage, get regular exercise. It can help you manage stress and
keep your muscles in tone.
Continence products absorb urine or apply pressure to keep urine from leaking. To learn more, see Other Treatment.