INCONTINENCE IN MEN

Incontinence in men had urine leaks that were unintentional. It’s not a disease, but rather a sign of something else. This underlying medical condition leads to a loss of bladder function. With age, the number of individuals who have UI rises. Besides, incontinence in men is more common in older than younger ones.

The prevalence of UI in older men is believed to be between 11 and 34 percent. Every day, two to 11 percent of older men suffer from UI symptoms. But, most men can suffer from multiple types of incontinence. 

TYPES

  • Stress incontinence
  • Transient incontinence
  • Functional incontinence
  • Urgency incontinence
  • Overflow incontinence
  • Mixed Incontinence

SYMPTOMS

  • Stress incontinence. Urine leakage can be triggered by sudden movements or pressure, including coughing.
  • Urgency incontinence. You suddenly have a strong desire to urinate, which is accompanied by sudden leaks.
  • Overflow incontinence. You experience bladder leakage because your bladder is so full.
  • Functional incontinence. Due to physical limitations, impediments, or difficulty expressing your need to urinate, you are unable to get to the bathroom on time.
  • Mixed Incontinence. Incontinence that conforms to two or more of the categories listed above.

DIAGNOSIS

Incontinence in men has a fairly simple diagnosis. However, it can take longer to figure out what’s causing the UI. Your doctor will begin by reviewing your health records in order to make the right diagnosis. Additional testing may be required after that. These are some of them:

  • Digital rectal exam
  • Physical exam
  • Diagnostic tests

TREATMENT

Incontinence in men is treated differently depending on the cause of the issue. In addition to medicine, your treatment regimen will most likely include one or more lifestyle adjustments. More extensive techniques or surgery may be required in some circumstances.

Lifestyle Changes

  • Bladder training
  • Fluid management
  • Pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises

Medications and drugs

  • Alpha-blockers
  • Anticholinergics
  • Botulinum toxin type A
  • Mirabegron (Myrbetriq)

Surgery

  • Sling procedure
  • Artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) balloon

Before you consider invasive surgery, your physician may recommend a device that can help you manage your symptoms and avoid the need for surgical procedures. This includes the following:

  • Urinary collection systems
  • Catheters
  • Underwear guards

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