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Diagnosing Male Incontinence

The first step in treating male incontinence is to see a doctor. He or she will give you a physical exam and ask about your medical history. The doctor will ask about your symptoms and the medicines you use. He or she will want to know if you have been sick recently, or if you've had surgery.
 
Your doctor also may do a number of tests. These might include:
 
  • Urine tests
  • Blood tests
  • Tests that measure how well you empty your bladder.
     
In addition, your doctor may ask you to keep a daily diary of when you urinate, and when you leak urine. Your pattern of urinating and urine leakage may suggest which type of incontinence you have.
 

Treatment Options

Today, there are more treatment options than ever before. The choice of incontinence treatment depends on:
 
  • The type of bladder control problem you have
  • How serious it is
  • What best fits your lifestyle.
     
Different treatment options for male incontinence may include:
 
  • Bladder or habit training.
  • Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or cutting out certain foods
  • Medications
  • Surgery.
     
As a general rule, the simplest and safest treatments should be tried first. A combination of pads, medications, and exercise is effective for many men with incontinence.
 
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