Millions of people suffer from bladder control problems, so you are not alone. Bladder incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine and may occur many different ways. With men, Urinary Incontinence is often related to a medical problem or treatment that involved:
• Enlarged prostate
• Prostate removal
• Infections or medications
• Urethral strictures
• Pelvic trauma
• Spinal cord damage
• Multiple sclerosis
• Neurological disorders
Types of incontinence include:
Stress Incontinence-The accidental release of urine when pressure is applied to the bladder, such as when you cough, laugh or sneeze. This is the most common type of incontinence.
Urge Incontinence- When your bladder contracts at the wrong time giving you the feeling that you have to urinate even if you just went.
Overflow Incontinence- Leaking when the bladder doesn’t empty properly. The can be due to other medical conditions such as a narrowing of the urethra or enlarged prostate.
Total Incontinence- Continual leakage
Mixed Incontinence- A combination of Incontinence that can be difficult to diagnose since one may mask the other.
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Some risk factors include:
• Being 50+ years of age
• Smoking and drug or alcohol abuse
• Use of certain medications
• An unhealthy diet or lack of physical activity
• Low testosterone
• Surgery or injury to the pelvic area
• Psychological factors such as anxiety and stress
• Medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease, etc.
Treatments include psychotherapy, medications and surgery. Psychotherapy can be beneficial when there isn’t a physical reason for the condition suggesting anxiety or stress could be the cause. Medication is generally taken an hour before sexual activity and relaxes the smooth muscles of the penis which increases blood flow helping the penis to become erect during sexual activity. When other options are not successful, surgery could be suggested. Penile implants, reconstruction of the arteries and blocking off veins may be necessary measures.
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