Incontinence in men is a serious problem even though only about 5% of men have this condition. First off let’s get to know what is incontinence? Basically, this is when a man loses bladder control and where urine, whatever little is produced by the kidneys directly flow out into the urethra involuntarily. This is mostly a condition that men over the age of 60 suffer from, yet there are younger men who suffer from this too. In this case, incontinence in men is a symptom for a more serious problem like prostate cancer or it’s caused by medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and the like.
The Natural Process for Urine Collection and Urination / Possible Causes of Incontinence
Before you can actually understand what happens with incontinence in men, it’s essential that you also know the natural process for urination. In this case, you have the bladder collecting urine that’s produced by the kidney. It starts to stretch because of the contents and when there’s about 200 mL of urine in the bladder, a person will feel the urge to urinate. There are some who can hold this in and the bladder can take another 200 to 300 mL more before we feel the need to go. Incontinence in men happens when the bladder and the sphincter fail to work together.
In the normal process of urination, the sphincter acts as the stopper for the urine that’s collected in the bladder. When the bladder is relaxed, it expands to take in urine from the kidneys and when it’s contracted, the sphincter should release letting the urine out of the body. Mostly, if there is incontinence in men, it’s an anatomy problem. Either something is wrong with the bladder, the sphincter or the muscles of these organs. Blockage can also be the reason for incontinence in men.
The Dribblestop® Male
Urinary Incontinence Clamp is an external clamp that gently applies pressure to the top of the penis, as well as the
urethra on the underside to effectively control bladder leakage for incontinence in men.
Shown here in its closed position, the Regain
applies gentle pressure to the underside of the penis, stopping the flow of urine so you don’t leak.
The Three Main Types of Incontinence in Men
1. Stress incontinence – this incontinence happens with physical activity like exercise or a simple body function like coughing. Here, the muscles in the sphincter or the bladder are temporarily weakened.
2. Urge incontinence – for this kind of incontinence in men, proper control for bladder muscles doesn’t happen. In the case of infection or bladder cancer for instance, there are inappropriate bladder contractions that happen leading to the discharge of urine.
3. Overflow incontinence – with this kind of incontinence, there’s a blockage somewhere in the system that prevents the proper discharge of urine. The bladder will be overstretched forcing urine out. This would be the case for prostate cancer and enlarged prostate.
Treatment for Incontinence in Men
Before you even attempt any kind of treatment for your condition, you do have to get the advice of your healthcare practitioner. You might be suffering from temporary incontinence in men and you don’t want to do anything that will put you at a higher risk or even be a useless extra expense for you. The treatment method prescribed will vary depending on the cause of the incontinence.
There are two kinds of treatments for incontinence in men:
• Noninvasive treatments
• Invasive treatments
A good example of noninvasive treatments would be the exercises known as Kegel exercises. For its quality of being noninvasive, it’s also reasonably priced and simple to do. You can do the exercises for relaxing and contracting your pelvic muscles and you’ll be training your body, most especially your bladder to get stronger and you’ll also increase the control you have over urinary discharge. In the end, you’ll be cured of incontinence in men.
As for invasive treatments, you have surgery and other techniques which of course will entail a higher price to be paid to get cured. Surgery isn’t always the answer for incontinence in men however, where you can rely on treatments like:
• Collagen injections
• Electrical stimulation
• Devices like the artificial sphincter.
If you’re already in the midst of getting treatment for incontinence, you would also need things like absorbent pads. Aside from these things, you can also opt for one of the models for the incontinence clamp in the market so that you could still enjoy your daily activities. Incontinence in men is a problem that can be solved and you can still get quality of life through the various treatments.
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