Incontinence In Men

Urinary incontinence is the uncontrollable leakage of urine. Different men develop incontinence for different reasons and at different points in life. Although incontinence is far more common in women, it currently affects about 5 million men in the US today.

 

Main types of incontinence

Incontinence is just a symptom of a larger problem that needs to be fixed. There are three main types of incontinence in men and in order to be able to treat your problem, you’ll need to know what they are:
Stress incontinence: Stress incontinence occurs when pressure is put on the bladder, and the muscles surrounding it, known as the pelvic floor, are unable to support it. Common causes of pressure include hard exercise, coughing, sneezing and laughing.
Urge incontinence:  Urge incontinence occurs when you have the overwhelming need to go to the toilet but are simply unable to get to the bathroom in time.
Overflow incontinence: This occurs when the bladder never properly or entirely empties. This causes frequent and constant dribbling and leakage that cannot be stopped.

 

What are the causes?

Urination is actually a complex process that happens in seconds. In order for urination to work properly, a complex process involving muscles, nerves and organs needs to take place. If any stage of this intricate process is broken or altered, urinary incontinence can occur.
Nerve damage problems
Anything that damages the nerves can have problems related to urinary incontinence in men. Nerve problems can happen at any time in your life and they include:

Men who have diabetes may discover never damage to the bladder after many years

Neurological diseases and problems that affect the spine, such as Parkinson’s and Stroke

Spinal cord injuries that affect the transmission of signals to the brain, which tell the body when to start urinating and when to not urinate

Nerve damage problems can cause what is known as an overactive bladder. An overactive bladder squeezes and contracts at the wrong time – when the patient isn’t ready.  Incontinence in men will become apparent if the patient suddenly gets an urge to urinate or starts urinating without wanting to start the process.


 

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Prostate damage and problems?

The prostate is a small gland that surrounds the urethra. It is about the size of a walnut, and it adds the liquid to semen prior to ejaculation. If something happens to the prostate, serious problems can occur, with a common symptom being urinary incontinence.

 

If the prostate enlarges (BPH), it can put pressure on the bladder, causing stress incontinence in men. The condition doesn’t usually affect those who are younger than 50, but half of all men above the age of 60 will have the condition to some degree – though, it is often not noticed.

 

Prostate problems can be fixed. The most common way is to surgically remove the prostate gland, which is the normal procedure for the removal of prostate cancer. Although this method is relatively safe to undertake, it can lead to erectile dysfunction.

 

If the prostate problem is related to cancer, external beam radiation can be used to target the cancerous prostate within the body. This can cause serious side effects, and it is often regarded as a short term solution.

Weakening of pelvic muscles

By following a recommended urinating pattern, it may also help men restore some control on urination; by regularly releasing the clamps at regular hours, the brain anticipates urination whenever men go to the toilet. This gives some stimuli to the external urethral sphincter to regain control on the flow of urine.


Kegel exercises

Within the medical industry, kegel exercises are regarded as the most effective, efficient and safe method of combating incontinence in men. They are also great for improving general sex life and wellbeing.

 

In order to do a kegel exercise, you will need to locate the PC muscle. You can find this by stopping urination half way through, and feel what muscle is engaged.

 

Once you have found the PC muscle, start contracting it (ensuring to only use the PC muscle) for sets of 3-4. Hold each contraction for about 10 seconds, or as long as you can manage; you should aim to build this up in time.

 

Kegel exercises generally take 2-3 months to start taking effect, though some patients do experience faster results.

 

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