Some men can experience problems with peeing because of prostate
cancer, treatments for prostate cancer, prostatitis or an enlarged prostate.
This is just a short introduction to some of the practical ways
that men deal with some of these problems - in particular, leaking
urine or finding it hard to hold on (urgency).
There are other possible urinary problems, including having a
weak flow or finding it hard to empty the bladder. We've got more
information about all of these issues.
Let your doctor or nurse know
Speak to your doctor or nurse if you have any problems with
peeing. They can help you find the possible causes and best ways to
manage it. They might refer you to a continence advisor or a
specialist physiotherapist. You can also speak to our Specialist Nurses on our
confidential helpline on 0800 074 8383.
There may be treatments that can help. And your healthcare team
can tell you about specialist products which you could try.
Your options will depend on the problem and what's causing it.
It's also important to find what works for you and your lifestyle -
what makes your life better.
In the words of one man:
"A sheath and leg bag might be a bit uncomfortable and
inconvenient, but you never have to worry about needing to rush to
find a lavatory."
This is just one example of what worked for him. It's all about
finding the right approach for you, and your healthcare team can
You can find out about different of products on the Continence Products
If you have urinary symptoms but haven't been diagnosed with a
prostate problem, it's still a good idea to speak to your GP.
Symptoms might be a sign of a urine infection or another condition,
so it's worth getting it checked out.
Learn about your pelvic floor muscles
The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, and help to
control when you pee. They are underneath the bladder and
Exercising these muscles might help you control any leaks and
help you hold on for longer. It might be particularly helpful if
you leak urine when you stand, cough or sneeze - what's known as
There are particular exercises which work the pelvic floor
muscles - they can be done standing up, sitting or lying down. And
there are other things which could help reduce the strain on these
muscles, such as keeping a healthy weight, avoiding constipation
and not smoking.
Find out where the pelvic floor muscles are, and how and when to
exercise them, in our fact sheet Pelvic floor muscle
Plan ahead when you go out and about
Lots of men worry about getting caught short. You might find
some fairly simple solutions, such as:
- checking where public toilets are before you leave home
- ordering one of our free 'urgent' toilet
cards to show to staff in shops, restaurants and other public
places - they should let you use their toilets without asking
- finding out about a Radar key from Disability
Rights UK which lets you use accessible toilets across the
- carrying a screw-top container in the back of the car.
If you use absorbent pads, carry a bag with extra pads, spare
underwear and hand wipes. And pack a sealable plastic bag too, so
you can discretely dispose of used pads - there might not always be
a bin you can use.
Read about planning for a longer trip in our fact sheet, Travel and
Drink plenty of water
If you find it hard to hold on, it might seem like common sense
to drink less. But in fact, if you don't drink enough, it could
make symptoms worse. Try and aim to drink around two litres (three
to four pints) a day.
You don't have to just drink water, but avoid too many drinks
that might irritate the bladder such as fizzy drinks, drinks
containing caffeine such as coffee, tea and cola, and alcohol.
If you find you need to pee a lot at night, you could try
drinking less in the two hours before bedtime.