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
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.
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.
*Based on current Medicare plan without additional plans applied.