Incontinence in Men - Mens Health Week

Incontinence in Men - Mens Health Week

June 7, 2019

MedicineNet gives a great definition of the types of issues that come with mens incontinence. Urinary incontinence.

(UI) is the accidental leakage of urine. At different ages, males and females have different risks for developing UI. In childhood, girls usually develop bladder control at an earlier age than boys, and bedwetting -- or nocturnal enuresis -- is less common in girls than in boys. However, adult women are far more likely than adult men to experience UI because of anatomical differences in the pelvic region and the changes induced by pregnancy and childbirth. Nevertheless, many men do suffer from incontinence. Its prevalence increases with age, but UI is not an inevitable part of aging.

  • The definition of urinary incontinence in men is the unintentional loss of urine. Weak or damaged bladder muscles, overactive bladder muscles, certain prostate conditions, and nerve damage are just some of the possible underlying causes of urinary incontinence in men.
  • There are different types of urinary incontinence in men, including stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and overflow incontinence. Some men may have one, two, or all three types of incontinence.
  • Diagnosis of urinary incontinence in men will involve a medical history and physical exam, and may include keeping a bladder diary. It may also include an ultrasound and urodynamic testing.

Find out more from MedicineNet on this matter here: https://www.medicinenet.com/urinary_incontinence/article.htm#urinary_incontinence_ui_in_men_facts

Although women have a higher chance of experiencing incontinence, the loss of bladder control is still relatively common among men with studies estimating that 5 to 15% of men living at home above the age of 60, and 2 to 15% of men between the ages of 15 to 64, are affected by incontinence. Amongst younger men, the incontinence is often related to prostate cancer surgery, with about 50% of men who undergo prostate removal surgery experiencing leakage of urine during the first six weeks after surgery. At the end of the first year post surgery, about 20% will continue having a significant problem with leakage or stress incontinence.

As men age, the prostate gland grows. It is estimated that around 60% of men who are aged 60 or over have some degree of prostate enlargement.  Men can also experience urge incontinence or overactive bladder (OAB), with the sudden and urgent need to urinate, having to urinate frequently, and even having to get up at night to go to the bathroom.

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Sources:

MedicineNet - https://www.medicinenet.com/urinary_incontinence/article.htm#urinary_incontinence_ui_in_men_facts