Urinary Incontinence

What is urinary incontinence (UI)?

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. When it occurs during times of increased abdominal or bladder pressure – for example when you cough, sneeze or exercise, it is referred to as Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). If it occurs when you have the urge to void it is referred to as Urgency Urinary Incontinence (UUI). It is also possible to suffer from both conditions – which is known as Mixed Urinary Incontinence (MUI). Urgency urinary incontinence This can be due to an overactive bladder. It can also sometimes be secondary to bladder outflow obstruction (in men this usually due to an enlarged prostate). In this case you may need surgery (eg. TURP) to deal with the obstruction to the passage of urine before your UUI can be addressed. Stress urinary incontinence This can occur in both men and women. Typically, in women it occurs following pregnancy and childbirth. In men it occurs almost exclusively post radical prostatectomy.

How is SUI treated?

Treatment for SUI begins with more conservative, non-surgical measures such as:

If you experience ongoing stress urinary incontinence which is bothersome there are surgical options. These are very different for men and women.

Treatment options for men

Treatment options for women