Urinary Incontinence in Men
While often thought of as a female problem, many men today suffer from incontinence, or the accidental leakage of urine. It is not a terminal problem but should be discussed with your doctor as incontinence in men if often a symptom of a larger issue, such as nerve damage, diabetes, or a prostate condition.
Signals from the brain carry messages to the body through our nerves. When there has been a condition like a stroke, or a disease such as diabetes, the nerves become weakened and can not convey the messages properly. The message might be that you need to empty your bladder but your brain-body connection does not relay the message. Urine leakage could occur.
Nerve damage can also cause overactive bladder in which the bladder feels the need to empty more frequently and so the quality of emptying is compromised. An overactive bladder is defined as one that needs to empty more than 8 times during the day or 2 times at night, or both. There is also the problem of urgency where a person feels he must empty his bladder immediately and often the emptying provides no relief. Urgency is also a symptom of a urinary tract or bladder infection and must be diagnosed by a doctor. Urge incontinence is also related to this problem when the bladder leaks urine and then the feeling of urgency comes, not vice versa like normal.
Prostate inflammation and cancer can also cause incontinence and so is another reason why incontinence should be dealt with immediately. Prostate inflammation is normal as a man ages, but the urethra, the tube from which urine empties from the penis, should never be completely shut off. There is new research showing that removal of the prostate may not be the most effective form of treatment and so visiting your doctor shouldn’t be stressful as it might have been in the past.
There are many forms of medication and therapies related to treating urinary incontinence in men these days but all should come from visiting with your doctor. Until then, there are many types of pads, called male guards, and male specific incontinence disposable underwear, as well as specialty catheters, designed just for men, that help keep you clean and confident. Advancements in medical equipment have come to help men with this often experienced, but not often talked about medical condition.