What causes male incontinence?
Urinary incontinence happens when you cannot control your bladder and leaking occurs which can make you feel awkward and embarrassed. Millions of men worldwide suffer from this condition, and contrary to popular belief, it is not a sign of normal aging. It is also completely treatable.
It is mainly caused by certain medical and physical conditions
- In men a major cause of incontinence is a prostate problem, such as an enlarged prostate which can squeeze the urethra and prevent proper emptying of the bladder. Leaking may take place when you least expect it.
- Diabetes and its relation to high sugar conditions can cause an increase in the amount of urine produced, resulting in urgency, frequent urination, and possible incontinence.
- Parkinson’s disease is a neurological, degenerative disorder which disrupts communication between the body and the brain, including the very important nerve impulses between the bladder and the brain. This often leads to incontinence and leaking as the brain does not know when the bladder is full.
- Many men suffer from an overactive bladder, which is quite a common problem. Symptoms include a persistent urge to urinate, frequent urination especially at night, and episodes of leakage and incontinence.
These symptoms can stress you out and have a negative effect on your life and well-being.
How your sex life can be affected
Urinary incontinence can turn a self-assured, confident man into something of a humiliated, emotional wreck, especially in the bedroom. The good news that it is not something you are doomed to live with, and although it is a real problem – it is a problem which can be fixed.
Male incontinence can put a huge strain on a marriage or a relationship, and unfortunately men are not comfortable discussing the condition, so they end up pushing their partners away. Many men have a fear of leaking so they limit sexual encounters, or sometimes completely stop sexual activity. Surveys have revealed that it doesn’t take more than one leaking mishap during sex for a man to become terribly embarrassed and self-conscious, and often unable to complete the sexual act.
Sometimes incontinence happens spontaneously for reasons medical science does not fully understand. However, most of the symptoms are quite clear, and the doctor will have to get to the root of the problem in order to give the right treatment.
How you can help manage the symptoms
In addition to any treatment that the doctor might recommend, here are some ways you can use to help reduce the symptoms.
- Space out your fluid intake during the day and cut back a lot on liquids a few hours before bed, but make sure that you get enough fluid to keep you hydrated.
- Alcohol is a diuretic, so if you have any romantic ideas in mind, stay off the booze.
- Tea, coffee, and other caffeinated drinks also act as diuretics, and can also lead to frequent urination and possible leaking.
- Research has suggested that spicy and acidic foods make incontinence and overflow leaking worse.
- Before you embark on sexual intercourse, make sure to completely empty every drop out of your bladder immediately before making love.
Don’t keep the condition a secret from your partner, as it could drive a wedge between you which can damage your relationship beyond repair. Bear in mind that incontinence and overflow leaking problems are very treatable, and a loving partner will understand this.
With time, you can learn some relaxation techniques which you can use to ease your muscles, relax your body, and help get control of your symptoms.
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