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Stress Incontinence in Men - Topic Overview

Stress incontinence occurs when a man unintentionally releases a small amount of urine when he coughs, laughs, strains, lifts, or changes posture. It is most common after a man has had his prostate gland removed and there was damage to the nerves or to the external bladder outlet valve (sphincter). After a man's prostate gland is removed, the bladder neck no longer has adequate support from the prostate. The sphincter must then do all the work of maintaining continence, and the extra pressure of sneezing, coughing, or straining forces urine past the outlet.

Stress incontinence is often treated with behavioral therapies but may require surgery if the problem is severe and persistent.

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Kegel Exercises: Treating Male Urinary Incontinence

Male urinary incontinence is both preventable and manageable. Kegel exercises can help you take control of your leaky bladder. If you practice Kegel exercises (also called pelvic floor exercises) for five minutes, two or three times daily, you will likely see significant improvement in your ability to control urinary leakage.  Another bonus: Kegel exercises can also help you have more intense orgasms, and improve erections.

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Last Updated: July 17, 2012
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