How to Treat Male Urine Leakage

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Leakage of urine, also called incontinence, is a medical condition that affects both men and women. Urine leakage in men is often caused by nerve damage or an enlarged prostate, according to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Male incontinence can be treated with behavioral modification, medications and surgery.

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  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Undergo a complete physical examination that will determine the cause of your urinary problems. A rectal exam allows your doctor to feel if the prostate is enlarged. EEG tests may be ordered if your doctor suspects nerve or muscle damage is contributing to your bladder control problems.

  • Adjust your lifestyle to see if your urine leakage issues can be resolved without medical intervention. Limit the amount of fluids you drink, especially in the evenings if your incontinence occurs mainly at night. Try timed voiding--using the bathroom on a schedule--as a treatment method to reduce episodes of incontinence. Avoid caffeinated beverages that can irritate the bladder.

  • Strengthen your pelvic muscles in an attempt to treat urine leakage naturally. Kegel exercises are most often associated with treating women's health issues, but men can benefit as well. The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse compares Kegels for men to the same muscle tension that is involved with controlling the urge to pass gas. Squeeze the pelvic muscles as you would to control this urge until you feel a "pull." Try to aim for 30 repetitions of the Kegel exercises each day.

  • Take medication to manage male urine leakage. Tricyclic antidepressants and alpha blocker medications can be used to relax the bladder muscles and to promote a natural flow of urine. Drugs such as finasteride and dutasteride reduce prostate enlargement that can contribute to incontinence.

  • Correct severe male incontinence with surgery. Two types of implants are used to keep the urethra from opening prematurely and causing urine leakage. An artificial sphincter can correct weakened bladder muscles and treat incontinence that stems from nerve damage. A male sling, a type of support for the urethra, provides the tube with pressure so that it does not open until you are ready to urinate.

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