Urinary Incontinence in Men

Pelvis | Urology | Urinary Incontinence in Men (Disease)


Urine is produced by the kidneys and stored in a pouch-like muscular organ called the bladder. A tubular organ, called the urethra, which is also surrounded by a ring form of muscular tunic, called the urinary sphincter, connects the bladder and the external environment, with a trajectory through the prostate and penis. As the bladder fills with urine, complex nerve signals ensure sphincter closure and relaxation of bladder wall. This interaction between nerves and muscles, preventing urine leakage than intercourse urination (urinating). During urination, nerve impulses cause the muscles of the bladder wall to contract, eliminating urine from the bladder into the urethra. Simultaneously with the contraction of bladder wall, all the control nervous, urinary sphincter relaxation occurs, allowing urine to pass through the urethra into the external environment.

Causes and Risk factors

Urinary incontinence is defined as eliminating accidental (unintentional) of urine. It is not a disease itself, but rather a symptom of male urinary tract diseases.

Urinary incontinence occurs or if a sudden bladder contractions or if an inappropriate contraction of it, which leads to accumulation of large amounts of urine in the bladder, which can lead to leakage of urine. Incontinence can also occur if urinary sphincter muscles are affected forming structural or functional, or if you suddenly relax the urethra is blocked, preventing urine to drain effectively and leading to possible leakage of urine next obstacle. Urinary incontinence affects a frequency twice as great women than men. Although incontinence is more common in men older than in younger men, it is not considered part of the physiological process of aging. Urinary incontinence can occur for a short time (acute) or may become a continuing problem (chronic). Acute incontinence is often correlated with various diseases or treatments.

Diagnosis and Treatment

No single treatment works for everyone. Your treatment will depend on the type and severity of your problem, your lifestyle, and your preferences, starting with the simpler treatment options. Many men regain urinary control by changing a few habits and doing exercises to strengthen the muscles that hold urine in the bladder. If these behavioral treatments do not work, you may choose to try medicines or a continence device-either an artificial sphincter or a catheter. For some men, surgery is the best choice.

For some men, avoiding incontinence is as simple as limiting fluids at certain times of the day or planning regular trips to the bathroom-a therapy called timed voiding or bladder training. As you gain control, you can extend the time between trips. Bladder training also includes Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles, which help hold urine in the bladder. Extensive studies have not yet conclusively shown that Kegel exercises are effective in reducing...

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