What is Male Incontinence?

Male urinary incontinence is often treated using absorbent products such as adult diapers and pads. Alternative and discreet solutions such as Conveen urisheaths and urine bags have proven to improve quality of life compared to absorbent products. With a range of products to assist with male incontinence, you can be at peace knowing that you can find a product combination that best suits your lifestyle. Take some time to understand what male urinary incontinence is and request a sample that you think will work best for you. 

Living with bladder problems or bladder retention?

Introduction to bladder problems

If you experience bladder/urinary problems there is a chance that your health and quality of life will be significantly impacted. In order to clarify the cause of your symptoms and to rule out anything potentially serious, it is important to consult a healthcare professional. Learn more about neurogenic bladder

What is neurogenic bladder?

Bladder problems typically take the form of urinary incontinence (leaking urine) and urinary retention (inability to empty the bladder) and can arise from neurogenic disorders such as spinal cord injurymultiple sclerosis and spina bifida. Incontinence and retention can also be age related, or result from an underlying physical disease, caused by a dysfunction in the bladder. Learn how the bladder works.

Urinary incontinence

There are different types of urinary incontinence, each with different symptoms and causes. The most common types of urinary incontinence are stress urinary incontinence (SUI), urge urinary incontinence and mixed urinary incontinence.

  • Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) occurs when the muscles in the pelvic floor, under sudden, increased pressure (stress), are too weak to hold the urethral sphincters closed. The result is an involuntary leakage of urine during everyday activities such as sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising.
  • Urge urinary incontinence (unstable or overactive bladder) is caused by involuntary, uncontrolled contractions of the muscle in the bladder. This results in a sudden urge to go to the toilet, and involuntary urine leakage before reaching the toilet.
  • Mixed urinary incontinence is a combination of stress urinary incontinence and urge urinary incontinence.
  • Overflow incontinence (a frequent or constant dribble of urine) results from an inability to empty the bladder and occurs in people with a damaged bladder, blocked urethra or neurological damage. With overflow incontinence you may feel as if you never completely empty your bladder. When you try to urinate, you may produce only a weak stream of urine.

Urinary Retention

Urinary retention can be caused by an obstruction in the urinary tract, a bladder muscle weakness or by a neurogenic condition e.g. multiple sclerosisspinal cord injury or spina bifida all of which interfere with signals between the brain and the bladder, resulting in a dysfunction in the urinary system.

Urinary tract infections

When your bladder is not emptying properly there is a risk that the residual urine in the bladder will become infected. This could cause further complications (for example urinary tract infections) if it is not removed regularly. It is important to seek help if you experience symptoms of urinary retention.

Symptoms of urinary problems are different depending on whether you suffer from urinary incontinence or urinary retention. The causes of urinary problems are numerous and can be related to a number of medical conditions including both neurogenic and non-neurogenic disorders. Read more about the causes and symptoms of bladder problems and how to take care of your bladder.

Symptoms of bladder problems vary depending of whether you suffer from urinary incontinence or retention.

Symptoms of bladder problems

Bladder/urinary symptoms vary depending of whether you suffer from urinary incontinence or retention. Learn more about symptoms of bladder problems

Bladder symptoms

Your bladder/urinary symptoms will vary depending on the underlying cause. The basic function of your urinary system is to store urine in your bladder and empty it through your urethra.

Typical symptoms of urinary incontinence

  • Urine leakage
  • Small or large amounts of urine leaking without warning or without feeling the urge to go to the toilet
  • Involuntarily leakage when sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising
  • A sudden urge to rush to the toilet to urinate
  • The need to get up to pass urine two or more times a night (nocturia)


Typical symptoms of urinary retention

  • Discomfort 
  • Urgent sense to urinate but inability to start the urine flow
  • Frequent visits to toilet
  • Dribble due to overflow incontinence
  • Weak flow
  • Bloated lower abdomen

Do you experience any of the above symptoms?

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When to get in contact with your healthcare professional

Many people who experience bladder issues are hesitant to see their healthcare professional, because they find it embarrassing. In order to clarify what is causing the symptoms and to rule out anything potentially serious, it is important to consult a healthcare professional.

Causes of urinary problems are many and can be related to a number of medical conditions including both neurogenic and non-neurogenic disorders. Read more about causes of bladder problems and how to take care of your bladder.

Most common causes of bladder problems

Causes of bladder problems

A number of medical conditions can affect the bladder and ability to urinate. Symptoms depend on the underlying cause. Most common causes of bladder problems

Causes of bladder problems

Medical conditions causing bladder/urinary problems are generally categorised either as neurogenic or non-neurogenic. Some conditions can cause urinary retention or may completely prevent the bladder from emptying and require catheterisation. Some conditions can cause urinary incontinence in which case a collecting device (urisheath and bag) offers a comfortable solution for men, or incontinence pads for women.

Neurogenic conditions causing urinary problems

Conditions causing damage to the nervous system include: 

Symptoms vary depending on where the neurological damage occurs and how severe it is.

Other medical conditions causing bladder issues

An example of a non-neurogenic medical condition causing urinary problems is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) also known as enlarged prostate. Men diagnosed with BPH have an enlarged prostate which can have an impact on their daily life as urinary symptoms may appear as the prostate grows. Symptoms can become very bothersome and if severe, an intermittent catheter, medicine or an operation may be needed.  

  • Weakening of the pelvic floor due to age or childbirth
  • BPH (enlarged prostate)
  • Prostate or bladder surgery
  • Bladder cancer
  • Botox injections of the bladder to manage urinary incontinence
  • Aging

Find out more

Read more about neurogenic bladder and how to take care of your bladder.


Conveen Urisheath Products

The most important thing to remember before trying urisheaths and urine bags is to find the product combination which best suits your lifestyle. If you are already familiar with the product options, go straight to the samples page. Otherwise, it would be a good idea to spend a couple of minutes looking at the illustrations below to understand how the solution works. 

External catheter
Adding an appropriate sheath and bag can help with male incontinence Conveen bag
A sheath and bag can be your solution to male incontinence Conveen

1. Choose a sheath

  • Worn over the penis

  • Available in a range of sizes to ensure secure fit


2. Choose a bag

  • Worn on the thigh or calf

  • Several to chose from, depending on your particular needs


3. Customise your solution

  • Sheath connects to a urine-collection bag

  • Urine is channelled into bag and contained discreetly and securely

  • Urine is emptied at your convenience


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