Urinary Incontinence, it can Affect Men, too!

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UTI for menUrinary incontinence has long been perceived as an issue of the female reproductive system. Women carry babies for months on end, and give birth. These factors alone make the introductory assumption seem logical. So if a man notices that a little urine leaks here and there, he may feel frightened but too embarrassed to say anything about it. The fact is, as much as 17% of men could have urinary incontinence. The sooner that evaluation and treatment are sought, the better chance there is at finding and resolving the cause of this unsettling condition.

What does urinary incontinence look like in the life of the average guy? Here are some common scenarios:

  • A strong urge to urinate occurs immediately before slight leakage.
  • Urine leaks accidentally during exercise like running or weight lifting. Even lifting a semi-heavy object could cause “dribbling.”
  • Without any trigger, nor any warning, slight leakage may occur.

Why a Man may Develop Urinary Incontinence
The primary culprit of male urinary incontinence is the prostate. As a man ages, this almond-sized gland that sits at the opening to the bladder can increase in size. The larger it becomes, the more it may affect bladder control. Another common reason for bladder control issues is damage to the nerves around the prostate, which may occur during surgery to remove the gland.

Other reasons for accidental urine leakage in men include:

  • Diabetes. There are several reasons why a man with diabetes may also struggle with bladder control. One is that some types of diabetes are associated with obesity. First, diabetes creates an overactive bladder situation. Then, the extra weight becomes too much for the weakened sphincter muscle around the bladder to control flow.
  • Stroke. One of the common issues of stroke is diminished muscle control. Patients may also experience decreased sensations. Together, these two side-effects of stroke could create a bladder control issue.
  • Alcohol and the bladder. Drinking excessively affects muscle control and could, in some situations, lead to incontinence. It is not only alcohol, though, that could temporarily diminish bladder control. Too much caffeine, as well as certain over-the-counter medications and some anti-depressants, all have the potential to cause short-lived urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence can be extremely difficult to discuss. We understand, and we provide excellent care to patients of our Plano, TX urology office in order to get the desired result. Call  (972) 403-5425.

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