Living With Urinary Incontinence as a Man: How to Improve Quality of Life

Even in this day and age, there is a lot of stigma associated with urinary incontinence as a man. It can be embarrassing enough for a woman to deal with, but the fact that urinary incontinence is not as common in men makes it difficult for them to take. Of course, there are a number of factors that play a role in whether an individual might have male urinary incontinence. The first step in improving your quality of life is to understand how some of these factors play a role in your urinary incontinence issues.

Realize that urinary incontinence does increase with age, but it isn’t necessarily a result of age either. 

Male incontinence is not just simply a function of aging. In other words, it does not happen just because someone is older. Rather, male incontinence usually happens because the incidence of various conditions increases with age as well. Prostatic conditions such as various cancers or enlargements can play a role in incontinence. Diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and even diabetes and being overweight can increase the potential for one to be incontinent. Simply knowing that you are at an increased risk for incontinence is the first step. Knowledge is power.

If you already have incontinence, understanding what type you have can be a huge asset to you. 

Knowing what type of incontinence you have can go a long way for you. First of all, there are two possible types. If you leak urine when you sneeze, laugh or cough, this is usually called “stress incontinence.” This type of incontinence will generally occur after prostate surgery. However, there are plenty of other circumstances where this malady can happen. Alternately, the other type of incontinence is known as “urge incontinence” and it is characterized by a sudden and unexpected urge to use the bathroom. This type usually occurs in conjunction with an enlarged prostate, a benign prostate tumor or bowel resection surgery.

Understand what treatments would work best for you. 

There are a wide array of therapies, dietary changes, exercises, medical devices and even surgical solutions that can resolve a urinary incontinence problem. First of all, there are a number of pelvic floor exercises and bladder retraining procedures you can undergo in order to remove your incontinence. Many men are able to totally remove this malady simply by being dedicated to these procedures. Another alternative would be to make use of a number of medical devices. These would include items such as pouches, drip collectors or catheters. Other possible products might include sheath collection devices. Finally, lifestyle choices such as not drinking too many fluids or too little fluids; avoiding caffeine or alcohol; and losing weight to stop abdominal pressure are things that could be considered.

Keeping all of these strategies in mind will definitely help you get your life back!