STRESS INCONTINENCE


When the urinary sphincter muscle is damaged or weakened, it cannot squeeze and stop urine from flowing out of the body when you laugh, lift, walk, bend, push, pull and move.3

Cough, Sneeze, Leak

Wet Again

It can be humiliating and uncomfortable when you leak urine during coughing, sneezing or exertion. This is called stress urinary incontinence (SUI). When the urinary sphincter muscle is damaged, it cannot squeeze and close off the flow of urine from your bladder. SUI is a common side effect of prostate cancer treatment, such as surgery (radical prostatectomy) or radiation. It can also be a symptom from enlarged prostate (BPH) surgery, pelvic trauma or a neurological condition such as spina bifida.10

No Leakage is Minor

SUI can affect nearly every part of your life. Beyond the impact on your relationships with friends and family, you may feel a financial strain from the many purchases related to leakage. Between expensive pads, diapers, skin care and odor control products, you may find yourself spending hundreds of dollars a month. Don’t forget the costs associated with laundry and dry cleaning for the times pads didn’t work. The good news is if your leakage becomes overwhelming for any of the above reasons, you have options.

Your Treatment — Your Lifestyle

For many men, lifestyle planning and medical treatment can ease the burden of bladder leakage or SUI. Some men are able to manage their incontinence with absorbent pads and protective undergarments. Other men have a medical device to improve bladder control, such as a male sling or an artificial urinary sphincter (AUS). If your bladder control does not improve over time, talk to a urologist specializing in male stress urinary incontinence.

ONE YEAR COST COMPARISON 38

1 year of pads
=
1 implant
94%
of patients would recommend AUS placement to a friend or family member 37

*Based on current Medicare plan without additional plans applied.

Did you know?

Approximately 500,000 men worldwide suffer from stress urinary incontinence.11