This article is aimed at starting the conversation about the common condition of male incontinence. In this text, we hope to share the main causes, the treatment and management of this issue with an aim of reducing the discomfort and awkwardness that comes along with a weak bladder and incontinence.
So what are the main causes of incontinence in males?
There can be all sorts of reasons, but common triggers tend to be:-
- Prostate issues
- Poor kidney or liver function
- High alcohol intake
- Dietary issues
- Weak bladder
- Sudden weight gain
- Side effects of medications
How can male incontinence be treated?
There are lots of ways to treat and manage male incontinence. The first thing to do is to see your GP, just to make sure there are no underlying issues, particularly with the prostate which should be checked by your doctor regularly.
Changes to your diet and lifestyle, such as reducing foods and drinks which may be aggravating the bladder can also help. Caffeine and alcohol are known to be an irritant, so if you are a four coffee a day guy who rounds off a big day at work with a few schooners, you might want to reduce your intake.
There is also a common myth that drinking fewer liquids will reduce the chances of a leaking bladder, or urgent need to run to the bathroom. This is a myth and is, in fact, harmful to your body. Water flushes out the toxins from your body and avoiding drinking enough water and liquids can lead to other issues such as dehydration, so stick to you daily recommended water intake. Just time it throughout your day.
For temporary, or light bladder leakage there are some discreet incontinence products that are invisible under normal clothes for men. You can even buy them online and save the embarrassment at the grocery store checkout. This can add a level of comfort and security if you travel, or are at a large gathering, or social function.
Another tip is to train yourself to empty your bladder right before bed and avoid drinking anything 2 hours before bedtime to offer a peaceful, full nights sleep without a midnight trip to the bathroom. A peaceful, uninterrupted nights sleep can make you feel less stressed, relaxed, and helps to start the day in a better frame of mind.
Male incontinence is far more widespread than you may think and there is plenty of support out there, and often nothing to worry about. Visit your GP who will be able to advise the best course of action, treatment and management.