Men Often Delay Seeking Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

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A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas suggests many men put up with symptoms of stress incontinence for years before talking to their doctor about the problem. In fact, up to a third of men with incontinence delay seeking treatment for more than five years, according to researchers.

Urinary incontinence affects about 13 million people in the United States – 85 percent of whom are women. In men, treatment for prostate cancer and other conditions can increase the risk. Stress incontinence involves involuntary urine leakage, usually during physical activity – exercise or heaving lifting – or when coughing, sneezing, or laughing.

According to the study, which involved 572 men evaluated for incontinence treatment between 2007 and 2017, the average length of time from the onset of symptoms was 32 months. In men in their 80s, the average was more than 7 years. Patient satisfaction and quality of life improvement after treatment for stress incontinence is generally high and ranges from about 73 to 90 percent.

Sourced from: Urology