Men are normally able to control their bladders because of the bladder muscle and the sphincter. The bladder itself stretches whenever urine from the kidney flows into it. The bladder muscles relax allowing it to expand and accommodate a substantial amount of liquid. At the front or opening of the bladder, the sphincter acts a like a cork and blocks the opening by contracting. This prevents the urine from flowing directly into the urethra.
When the bladder becomes full, our nerves tell the brain that it’s time to discharge the urine. At this moment we start feeling the “urge” to urinate and are normally able to hold it in until we reach the comfort room. Once there, we relax our sphincter and contract our bladder squeezing the urine out.
So basic bladder control for men isn’t really difficult for so long as all the involved parts are working properly. Incontinence occurs when one or more of the “parts” isn’t working the way it should.
What Causes Lose of Bladder Control for Men?
The main problems that result in loss of bladder control are normally associated with the prostate, the nerves and the bladder.
Prostate problems – the prostate surrounds the urethra so when it enlarges (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) it can squeeze the urethra and cause a blockage. Once blocked, the urine will fill up in the bladder and slowly overflow due to pressure once it reaches the limit. This condition is known as overflow incontinence.
Nerve damage – if your nerves are damaged it can result in improper communication between the brain and the bladder organ. The result is normally an over reactive bladder which contracts inappropriately causing the release of urine. This condition is known is urge incontinence and is probably the most embarrassing type of loss of bladder control for men.
Bladder problems – Proper bladder control for men will also be greatly affected by weak bladder muscles. This is a common occurrence after a surgery or after taking strong medication. When the bladder muscles are weakened, even a small pressure applied to it will cause a person to void his bladder (stress incontinence). So laughing, coughing and sneezing can be potential triggers for involuntary loss of urine.
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