What is Overflow Incontinence?

The symptoms related to overflow incontinence are typically continuous loss of urine or urinary leakage connected to movement.

It may occur in both men and women.

In men, an enlarged prostate causes the problem. The prostate gland is normally the size of a chestnut and only found in men. Placed under the bladder around the urethra, the gland grows in size with age in most men. This may involve urination difficulties as the gland blocks the passage way through the urethra. 50% of all men at between the age of 50-60 develop an enlarged prostate. The percentage is approximately 80% by the time they are 80, this makes ‘an enlarged prostate’ one of the most common medical disorders in men.

An enlarged prostate is normally no serious disorder, although it might cause the following urination problems:

  • Problems with starting urination in spite of a strong urge to urinate.
  • A weak stream requires more strength to empty the bladder.
  • Bladder sensation, feeling as if it is still not empty.
  • Frequent day and night urination – often resulting in sleep disorders.
  • Dribble after urination.

It is always important to find the cause of urination problems. Consult your own General Practitioner.

Urination disorders and difficulties make it harder to empty the bladder properly, so a little urine will remain at the bottom of the bladder after urination.

Residual urine is a fertile environment for bacteria and increases the risk of urinary tract infections

Treatment options

An enlarged prostate involves either medical or surgical treatment. Your own General Practitioner can provide more information.