Urinary incontinence (UI) is usually a symptom of some other underlying condition. There are many conditions that can cause men to suffer from UI. In some cases, one condition can lead to another, and they all cause UI which makes it much worse. Here are four of the most common conditions that cause male incontinence.
1. Weak Pelvic Floor Muscles
The pelvic floor muscles are what holds urine until you’re ready to release it. If these muscles become to weak, they are unable to do their job efficiently. Causes of weak pelvic floor muscles can include prostate surgery, heavy lifting, straining from constipation, chronic coughing, obesity, and more. The good news is that pelvic floor muscles are muscles. They can be trained to work properly.
Men who suffer from obesity, especially those with a lack of physical activity, can suffer from UI. It was briefly mentioned in the previous section that obesity can lead to weak pelvic floor muscles. This is because the extra weight puts too much stress on them. Obesity can also cause type 2 diabetes, which can cause damage to the bladder muscles. This can also lead to UI.
2. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
UTIs, a bacterial infection of the urinary tract, usually affects women more than men, however, a man’s risk of a UTI increases with age. Causes of UTIs in men can include diabetes, an enlarged prostate, and insertion of a catheter, and uncleanliness. While UTI symptoms for men mimic the ones for women, a symptom that is unique to men is discharge from the penis. UTIs can very easily lead to UI.
4. Problems with Prostate
Men can suffer from a condition called prostatitis which is an inflammation of the prostate. Another problem is an enlarged prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Over half of men over the age of sixty suffer from this condition. Prostate cancer as well as the treatment for prostate cancer can cause UI. This is because they can damage a muscle called the sphincter, which also helps to control the flow of urine.
Urinary incontinence isn’t deadly (unless it isn’t taken care of in a timely manner), but it is embarrassing. To get rid of UI, you will need to see a medical professional who can help you determine why the UI is happening. They should be able to treat the problem so you don’t have to worry about embarrassing accidents anymore.