For some men, urinary incontinence can be hard to talk about. Whether you’re dealing with leakage or a constant urge to go to the bathroom, it might feel embarrassing to admit that you don’t have as much control over your body as you’d like. But urinary incontinence isn’t something that men just have to put up with.

When we had physical therapists Nelson Coffey and Deborah Cuper on the For Health’s Sake podcast to talk about this topic, Deborah made a point of saying that 99% of her patients who get treatment see their symptoms improve, often more than they expected.

But treatment was only one part of our conversation with Nelson and Deborah. They shared a lot of helpful insights and information about male urinary incontinence, including:

  • What causes incontinence in men
  • How a doctor diagnoses incontinence
  • What to know about prostate surgery and incontinence
  • Treatment options for male urinary incontinence

Take back control

No matter the cause or type of urinary incontinence you’re experiencing, treatment can help you do the things you love without the stress or interruptions that incontinence causes.

“Part of what we do is help men live with it in a graceful way,” Nelson said. “There’s always hope. There are many, many paths and strategies you can try.”

The first step in getting incontinence under control is to talk to your primary care doctor. They can help identify what may be causing your symptoms, work with you to create a personalized treatment plan, and refer you to a physical therapist or pelvic health specialist if necessary.