Temporary vs Persistent Incontinence

Urinary Tract Infections


Temporary and Persistent Incontinence: Incontinence in men may not occur as commonly as it does in women, but there are certain reasons males do experience it. Age is a major factor in male urinary incontinence, but it can also be caused by spinal injuries, prostate surgery, nervous system conditions like multiple sclerosis or stroke, dementia or other mental health issues, and other problems with the urinary tract.

Urinary incontinence can be sudden and may go away after a length of time. This is called temporary incontinence. Or, it can last for the long term, indefinitely- this is called permanent or persistent incontinence.

Temporary Incontinence

Temporary incontinence occurs frequently in men after surgery for prostate cancer. However, certain medications like antidepressants, diuretics, and even some cough and cold remedies and antihistamines can cause temporary incontinence in men. Other causes of temporary incontinence are weight gain, depression, and/or urinary tract infections.

Temporary incontinence usually lessens anywhere from six months to a year, and most often, full continence is eventually restored after proper treatment.

Persistent Incontinence

When male urinary incontinence is caused by other medical conditions like nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s disease, mental disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury, or chronic conditions like diabetes, this leads to more long-term, persistent incontinence. In addition, an estimated 11% of men who have had surgery or radiation for prostate cancer will also experience long-term or permanent urinary incontinence.

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