While stress incontinence is often thought of as a problem suffered by women, it is also possible for men to suffer from their own version known as male stress incontinence.
This involuntary leaking of urine will occur when there is some stress placed on the bladder by things like sneezing or coughing, lifting heavy items or other such activities that place a strain on parts of the urinary system.
Male stress incontinence is also commonly associated with prostate problems. If this organ becomes enlarged it places pressure on the artificial urinary sphincter and makes control over urination much more difficult.
Leakages in this instance can range from a very small amount of urine to utter loss of bladder control.
Prostate disease is commonly treated using a variety of different options and many of these procedures can cause urine leakages in the days and weeks afterwards.
One of these procedures, a prostatectomy can cause permanent problems with incontinence in up to 20% of cases.
Male stress incontinence can be treated in a number of ways including:
- At home remedies
- Limiting intake of fluids, without dehydrating yourself.
- Avoid diuretics like coffee or tea.
- Lose weight
- Give up cigarettes and alcohol.
- Bladder retraining
- Kegel exercises
Bladder retraining is a process that involves working at gradually increasing the length of time between bathroom visits to help strengthen the muscles that are used to control urination.
These can help treat male stress incontinence by either: preventing nerve signals from telling the bladder to contract when not necessary; they can relax the bladder and reduce the production of urine; or the size of the prostate can be reduced.
This method is usually only considered in the most severe cases of male stress incontinence, and should only be considered when all other alternatives have been exhausted.
The urethra can be surrounded by bulking agents; an artificial urinary sphincter can be created; or a sling can be used to support the urethra.
Dealing with this problem is far easier today than it has ever been before as a result of the greater range of products available which can reduce any feelings of discomfort or embarrassment. Male incontinence pads are extremely discrete and allow a full range of physical activities to be undertaken.
This allows you to live a full and active life while you work at fixing the problem that is causing the incontinence to occur.