Male Urinary Incontinence
Treatment in St. Petersburg, FL
Urinary incontinence is when urine accidentally leaks due to a loss of control over the bladder. Anywhere from 5% to 15% of men over the age of 60 are affected. Urinary incontinence in men can be quite embarrassing for some men and prevent them from enjoying a lot of activities that they regularly participate in.
Symptoms can vary from:
- Problems starting a urine stream
- Problems emptying the bladder completely
- Spraying urine
- Weak stream
- Painful urination
Common Causes of Urinary Incontinence
Prostate problems, especially as men age, can result in problems with urinary incontinence. If the prostate is enlarged, it may affect the flow of urine and cause a weak stream, frequent urination, or leaking. When the prostate is removed for cancer treatment, it is common to have stress incontinence, meaning coughing or sneezing can trigger leakage.
Conditions That Cause Nerve Damage
Because muscles and nerves must work together to control the bladder, any condition that damages nerves can create urinary problems. Conditions can include Parkinson’s, a stroke, diabetes, or multiple sclerosis. Injuries of the spinal chord can also result in urinary incontinence.
What You Drink
Certain types of beverages can put stress on the urinary system. Limiting the amount of alcohol, caffeine, or carbonated beverages that you drink can help reduce bladder leakage. Staying hydrated is important but it is not necessary to drink a certain amount of water during the day.
Being overweight can cause or worsen male incontinence because extra weight weakens the muscles that help with bladder function. Obesity may affect female incontinence more than in men, but it can still be a factor of male incontinence.
Treatments For Male Incontinence
There are many ways to ease male incontinence symptoms in Sarasota including:
- Behavioral and lifestyle changes
- Bladder training
- Electrical nerve stimulation
Contact Dr. Eric Diner today at (727) 824-7146 to discuss urinary incontinence treatment options.