It is an involuntary bladder and/or bowel movement resulting in an accidental loss of urine and/or faeces, the amount lost can vary.
Incontinence is NOT a disease but a symptom of an underlying condition.
Between 3 and 6 million people in the UK are estimated to be regularly incontinent.
1 in 9 men will suffer incontinence at some point in their lives.
Around 10% of men over the age of 65 have some form of urinary incontinence.
In men, some studies have shown that pelvic floor muscle training can reduce urinary incontinence – particularly after surgery to remove the prostate gland (NHS UK). However, these exercises can also be done prior to surgery to ensure that the muscles are in good condition beforehand (BAUS, March 2016). For more information on how to do pelvic floor exercises, please contact your GP or Health Care Professional.
Continence issues are not a disease but rather a symptom of an underlying condition.
Therefore, with any type of continence issue, an assessment of bladder and/or bowel needs should be performed by a healthcare professional to establish an accurate diagnosis so that a treatment or management plan can be implemented.