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Male incontinence (accidental urine leakage) is a medical problem that occurs if the bladder muscles contract, or the muscles surrounding the urethra relax, without warning. Today, there are more treatment options than ever before for this condition. As a general rule, the simplest and safest treatments should be tried first.

What Is Male Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is the accidental leakage of urine.
Over a lifespan, there are gender differences in the frequency of urinary incontinence. In childhood, girls usually develop bladder control at an earlier age than boys, and bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) is less common in girls than in boys. However, adult women are far more likely to experience urinary incontinence because of the anatomy of their urinary tract and the stresses caused by pregnancy and childbirth.
Nevertheless, men may experience urinary incontinence as a result of prostate problems, and both men and women can experience nerve damage that leads to urinary incontinence. Its prevalence increases with age, but it is not an inevitable part of aging.
Male incontinence is a medical problem. To find a treatment that addresses the root of the problem, you need to talk to your healthcare provider.

Understanding Bladder Control

The body stores urine in the bladder. During urination, muscles in the bladder contract or tighten. This forces urine out of the bladder and into a tube called the urethra that carries urine out of the body.
At the same time, muscles surrounding the urethra relax and let the urine pass through. Spinal nerves control how these muscles move. Male incontinence occurs if the bladder muscles contract or the muscles surrounding the urethra relax without warning.
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