Talk About Male Urinary Incontinence: It’s Worth It!
Urinary incontinence, such as stress leakage or overactive bladder, has historically been associated with the aging woman. So, for the man who notices accidental leakage or an intense urge to urinate, this development can be more than unsettling. The very idea of bringing up occasional urine leakage with anyone, even your doctor, can be one of the most difficult things you face. Do it anyway.
Male urinary incontinence is not uncommon. The problem can dictate how you live, where you go, and your very peace of mind. It doesn’t have to. Dr. Shridharani routinely treats men with urinary incontinence and provides the discerning care you need to regain confidence in your body.
To treat urinary incontinence properly, we first need to reach an accurate diagnosis. One way that you can help us do that is by noting your symptoms, such as:
- Weak stream
- Leakage or dribbling
- Difficulty starting urine flow
- The sensation of not fully emptying the bladder after urination
- Strong urge with minimal or no output
- Any bleeding
- Pain elsewhere, such as the back, stomach, or rib area
- Frequency of symptoms
- Severity of symptoms regarding how they are affecting your lifestyle
- Use of absorbent garments
Is there anything you can do?
The best thing you can do if you experience urinary leakage or any other symptoms related to urinary incontinence is to schedule a visit with us. A urologist’s training centers around the urinary tract and reproductive organs. After a thorough assessment, you may be able to identify one or more ways in which you can help yourself through lifestyle changes.
- Alcohol, carbonated beverages, and caffeine can be irritating to the bladder wall. Avoiding these beverages may improve symptoms.
- Constipation stresses the bladder. Consume fiber to prevent this.
- Strengthening the pelvic floor may help. Yes, Kegels. This approach should wait until you have consulted with your urologist.
Self-help strategies can benefit the man with urinary leakage, but do not substitute for professional medical care. The treatment for male incontinence should be centered around the cause, severity, and also patient preferences.
Don’t make the assumption that treatment for male urinary incontinence is complicated. Get the straight facts from Dr. Shridharani. Call (423) 778-4636.