Incontinence explained

Urinary incontinence: the facts about bladder weakness

Male urinary incontinence can feel like a taboo subject. We tend to think that it’s a sign of getting old and that it makes us look weak. But there are many reasons for loss of bladder control. A visit to your doctor will pave the way to proper treatment and improving your quality of life – this includes finding the right incontinence products to fit your needs.

What is incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is a common problem where you can’t control when you pass urine. A leak could vary from a drop or two to your full bladder contents.

There are many potential causes, and they vary hugely. The most common cause of male incontinence is an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia). Prostate surgery due to prostate cancer could also lead to loss of bladder control.

But stress incontinence could be caused by heavy physical labor, like lifting large weights, which could damage the pelvic floor. It’s even possible to cause bladder weakness by holding it in too long, pressing too hard during urination, or simply going too often, damaging your bladder nerves and muscles. Just picking up shopping or lifting your child into a baby seat could be enough for you to feel a leak.

Diabetes can damage the nerves that control bladder function, leading to an uncontrollable bladder. This means your bladder might overflow without notice, or you get such a strong, sudden urge to urinate that you don’t have much time to make it to the restroom.

Urinary tract infections or bladder infections can cause narrowing of the urinary tract (urethra) or the bladder neck, as cab urinary stones (kidney stones) or damage from a catheter.

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