Urinary Incontinence in Men, Prostate Cancer, Prostatis
Urinary Incontinence in Men
You are not alone. Incontinence, or the accidental release of urine, affects over 13 millions Americans. That equates to about one in every 11 people. While incontinence strikes twice as much in women, men are still at risk for developing acute (temporary) or persistent cases of this urinary disorder. While many causes are similar, incontinence can occur in men and women for different reasons. In this article we’ll explore how and why incontinence can affect men and what treatment and coping aids are available.
Prostate . A subject many men shy away from. But nonetheless, it is crucial to the health of males to keep their prostate health in check. Reproductive in nature, the prostate gland itself does not play a role in the urinary process, however its location does. The prostate is located behind the bladder, and this means that if infected or enlarged, it can interfere with the urination. There are several prostate disorders that can cause incontinence, or sometimes the procedures to cure the problem are the causing factor.
- Prostatis is an infection of the prostate gland, which may cause accidental leakage. Prostatis can be treated without being invasive, through the use of antibiotics.
- Benign (or non-cancerous) enlargements can occur in the prostate gland. The growth causes pressure on the urethra making it difficult to urinate. Urination will also become more frequent which creates discomfort more often. Also, the bladder may not be able to be completely emptied. This can lead to residual urine leaking. This can be treated through a surgery called Transurethral Resection.
- Prostate cancer has symptoms similar to the benign enlargements as well as lower back and kidney pain and blood in the urine. There are several treatment routes to take depending on severity of the case, if the cancer spread, etc. These can include radiation therapy for a surgical procedure called Radical Prostatectomy.
For both of the medical procedures listed above, an indwelling catheter may be used in the hospital or even at home until the area is healed. After these surgeries most men will experience a lack of bladder control, which could last up to six weeks following the surgery. Because of this, external catheters are suggested to help men through the rehabilitation process. Most men will regain their bladder control, but in others incontinence will become persistent.
External catheters that come in Starter Kits which we call a Stadium Pal Mini, are wonderful devices for men recovering from prostate surgery, but there are also a few lifestyle changes that can be implemented post-surgery to help gain back bladder control. Examples include avoiding caffeinated beverages, drinking plenty of water, urinate at scheduled times in 2-3 hour intervals, quit smoking and pelvic muscle exercise.
Also, other BioRelief.com products can be used along with or in place of external catheters including drip collectors and absorption products (adult diapers).
The one thing to remember is that incontinence is more common than you may think, so you have nothing to be ashamed of. There is an outpouring of support and resources available to help you with the answers you are looking for.
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