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Prostate cancer and Incontinence in Men

If you have an enlarged prostate or are undergoing treatment for prostate cancer you may experience some level of urinary incontinence. Help is available and there are many resources available to give you support and knowledge to help you get through.

Urinary incontinence can be embarrassing and may affect self-esteem and independence, work life, sex life and social life. But help is available and there are many resources available to give you support and knowledge to help you get through.

Male incontinence can be a side effect of other medical conditions, but your doctor can help you understand your type of incontinence, symptoms you may experience and treatments available to you.

Prostate surgery can impact incontinence.

Surgery may be recommended this is known as a prostatectomy (complete removal of the prostate gland). Surgery will help eliminate the cancer, but surgery to remove the prostate may damage nerves or the bladder outlet muscle (sphincter) which control when you need to urinate. This is because the prostate gland surrounds the urethra and is right next to the bladder.

This may result in leaking a few drops when you exercise, cough or sneeze (stress incontinence) or you might leak larger amounts. It can also lead to urinary retention – not being able to pass urine. Some men also leak urine when they get an erection or during sex.

Take back control

There are a number of different treatments available to help with urinary incontinence symptoms. Your healthcare professional will be able to advise on treatment plans.

Lifestyle Changes

The treatment plan may include one or many lifestyle changes:

  • Stop smoking
  • Healthy diet
  • Improving fluid intake
  • Avoiding caffeine and alcohol as these are diuretics

These lifestyle changes, combined with bladder retraining, can help you control when you urinate, and help you hold on for longer.

Medication

Medication, such as an anti-cholinergic, may be prescribed as this can help to reduce frequency, urgency and leaks.

Pelvic floor exercises

Your Consultant may recommend starting pelvic floor muscle exercises or Kegel exercises before surgery to help with recovery. After surgery you will benefit from starting the exercises immediately. They’re safe to do, and shouldn’t hurt or cause any damage.

Check out our full article on Pelvic Floor Exercises here.

After prostate cancer

Your wellbeing doesn’t have to suffer because of incontinence after prostate cancer. Whether through lifestyle changes, medical intervention, or daily solutions, you and your bladder can learn to live together in harmony. By educating yourself you have already taken the first step towards regaining your confidence.

To help you move forward get in touch with your doctor or continence nurse specialist for further advice on getting the right treatment option for you.

It is important to remember that not every man will experience incontinence alongside prostate cancer but if you are unprepared then bladder leaks after prostate removal can be disheartening.

Over time urinary incontinence can improve. A small number of men may need further surgery to get back bladder control, and unfortunately a small percentage of men never fully recover. We recommend speaking to your GP and taking a look at some of the fantastic resources available online to help.


Attends are here to help by offering continence aids to help you to start living your normal life. 
Made specifically with men in mind, we offer products for different activities and forms of incontinence.

Attends For Men are body shaped pads specifically designed for men with light to moderate bladder weakness. Attends for Men are made of a soft breathable material that have a fixation tape allowing the products to be worn with close fitting underwear.

Attends For Men are discreet and comfortable to wear, keeping the skin dry and providing protection against leakage and odours. Take a look at the range.

Not sure which option is right for you? Get in touch with our friendly team of product experts, who can assist in helping you find your solution.

You can also find more information on continence care in the Attends Free Online E-learning Course - register at learning.attends.co.uk.