Incontinence is frustrating at any age, but you should know that incontinence is not a normal issue that happens to older people. While common, incontinence is not caused by old age and it is treatable. What are some causes of male incontinence?
If you have an enlarged prostate or benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), this can lead to incontinence. If you have any symptoms of an enlarged prostate, you should make an appointment with your urologist. An enlarged prostate can hinder the urethra, where the urine exits, from doing its job, so problems with urination can result. Urinary incontinence can also be a symptom of prostate cancer, or it could be an unfortunate effect of prostate cancer treatment. If you’ve had radiation or surgery, you may experience some incontinence afterwards, as radiation or surgery can affect the way the bladder holds urine and how urine exits the body.
An Underlying Condition
If you have incontinence all of a sudden when you’ve never had it before, this could indicate an underlying condition with your health. These conditions could be anything from a simple urinary tract infection (UTI) to urinary stones that block the passage of urine in the urethra. Even something like constipation could be causing your incontinence, as stool that doesn’t exit the body could cause your bladder to overreact, since the rectum is close to the bladder. Any of these conditions should be checked out by your doctor, so if you have incontinence, whether it’s occasional, persistent, or sudden, it’s time to schedule an appointment.
Urinary incontinence may simply be caused by weak muscles in your bladder area. These muscles could have simply weakened over time. The muscles that control your start and stop of urine flow are very important in your urination process, so keeping these muscles in good shape is ideal. You can do simple Kegel exercises, which are easy to do in everyday activities and can greatly help with any muscle weakness in that area. Before you consider exercises, though, visit your doctor to make sure there’s not something else causing your incontinence.
Certain Foods and Drinks
Our nutrition plays a huge role in our health, and diet cannot be ignored when it comes to your incontinence issues. If you’re drinking a lot of alcohol, caffeine, or sodas, these may be increasing your stress or urge incontinence issues as they can stimulate the bladder to signal to you that you need to urinate with the sugar and caffeine. Eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated with water can help if you’re experiencing incontinence.
Male incontinence doesn’t have to be an ongoing issue. There are simple things you can do to take control. Before you consider treatment options, schedule a visit with your urologist to make sure there’s not another issue going on. Taking control of your incontinence begins with making sure you’re in good health.