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More than 5 million men in the United States today are living with male incontinence. This condition is more than just a few post-void drips. If the wetness makes you uncomfortable, shows through your clothing or even causes skin irritation, it’s a form of incontinence and it could even be a symptom of a more serious problem.
Incontinence is a common condition
According to the National Association for Continence, between 2-15% of men ages 15 to 64, and 5 -15% of men over 60 have incontinence. Male incontinence can be caused by an enlarged prostate or recent prostate surgery and many men with this condition experience a range of challenges socially, physically and emotionally on a day to day basis.
What causes male incontinence?
Extra Weight: As you age the muscles that control bladder function start to lose strength and extra weight can put extra pressure on the bladder causing leakage.
Prostate Troubles: Most men experience prostate enlargement with age. An enlarged prostate can block the urethra and cause overflow incontinence (the leakage of a small amount of urine), or even make urinating difficult. Prostate removal for cancer treatment is one of the most common causes of male incontinence.
Diabetes and other Physiological Conditions: If patients experience stress incontinence and have not had prostate surgery, another condition, such as a neurological disorder, spinal injury or diabetes, may be to blame.
How to treat incontinence
Incontinence Protection Products: Men can actually find absorbent or disposable briefs, ranging from briefs to boxers, as well as compression pouches that support the urethra in most pharmacies. Plus, today’s incontinence products are often discreet for comfortable, confident daily wear!
Medications: Medications for male incontinence are usually designed to target the underlying cause. Some medications can be used to shrink an enlarged prostate or reduce symptoms of neurological disorders.
Natural Remedies: There are some herbal teas and supplements available today that are geared toward supporting prostate health. Bell Prostate Ezee Flow hearbal tea, for example, offers a blend of herbs designed to reduce frequent urination and provide support for an enlarged prostate.
Talking to your doctor about your concerns is an important first step for treatment and preventative care. Get help today!