Understanding incontinence in men

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According to the National Association for Continence (yes, there is such a thing), urinary incontinence in men is common, but distinctly different problem for men than it is for women. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
• It occurs far less frequently in men than in women
• Men make up only 20 to 25% of the some 25 million people with incontinence
• Men are less likely to talk about the condition, with loved ones or doctors
• Men are often less knowledgeable about symptoms of incontinence
• Men’s bodies are better designed to prevent leakage, but they still suffer with the problem

When urinary incontinence does affect men, it can indicate a more serious problem
Urinary incontinence in men is often due to another disease that is affecting the nerves controlling the bladder. Incontinence also can occur due to problems with the prostate because it plays a role in managing urine flow.

Urge incontinence
incontinenceThe sudden and urgent need to urinate often comes on so strong that you don’t have enough time to make it to the bathroom. This type of urinary incontinence occurs when the nerves that control the urinary tract malfunction. In men, urge urinary incontinence can occur for various reasons, including:
• Parkinson’s disease
• Multiple sclerosis
• Alzheimer’s
• Stroke
• Diabetes
• Head or spinal injury

Overflow or stress urinary incontinence
Problems with the prostate gland can cause overflow or stress incontinence in men, and that is another reason it’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing this problem. Overflow incontinence usually occurs when some sort of obstruction is pinching off the urethra, causing the bladder to fill to overflowing. This can cause you to constantly dribble urine.

Loss of bladder control is a common problem for both men and women
Even though millions of people in the U.S. suffer from some form of this condition, only half of us ever seek any form of treatment. And the condition is treatable! Plus, multiple safe and effective treatment options exist, ranging from medical to surgical — even behavioral. Make an appointment today to identify the best way to get help for your problem: 972-403-5425

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