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Male Incontinence:About, Causes, Types and Coping Strategies

Accidental leaking of urine is referred to as urinary incontinence. Understand what causes it, its types and how men can cope with the condition.

Men's Health By Himanshu SharmaJul 10, 2014

Urinary Incontinence in Men

Accidental leaking of urine is referred to as urinary incontinence. It's not a disease but something that can occur as we get older, in women at the time of pregnancy or after birth and during . The condition is more among older men than in young men, but it's not just a normal part of ageing. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

Causes

There can be several reasons for incontinence problem in men. It can happen if your bladder squeezes at the wrong time, because of the weakening of muscles around the urethra and if something blocks your urethra. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

Types

You can leak urine when you sneeze, cough, laugh or lift something; it is stress incontinence. Urge incontinence is an urge to urinate that's so strong that you can't make it to the toilet in time. Functional incontinence is another type where you can't make it to the bathroom in time to urinate, usually because of something that has got in your way and you were not able to walk. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

Managing with kegel exercises

Kegel can be an important urinary incontinence treatment. These help women more but men can also benefit. Simply clench and unclench your pelvic floor muscles. However, stopping your urine when you pee can weaken muscles. Don’t make it a habit. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

Make a pee schedule, stick to it

When you have an incontinence problem, making a pee schedule can really help. Timed urination helps keep the bladder empty. And when your bladder is empty, it cannot leak. You may not be able to discern the schedule that's best for you for some time, but it will make things a lot easier. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

Change your diet

Diet has a vital role in urinary incontinent. For example – a glass of juice in the morning, carbonated beverage during lunch and a beer drink in the evening adds up. Practice fluid management to cope with urinary incontinence. Talk to your doctor about fluid management as your body does need fluids. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

Lose weight

Just as being overweight hasn't been shown to cause incontinence, but losing weight has shown to help manage urinary incontinence. Obesity can lead to diabetes, which can lead to urinary incontinence. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

Watch for medication side-effects

Sometimes, the reason your urinary incontinence gets worse because of medications you are on. Talk with your physician to make sure you're not taking any prescription or over-the-counter drugs. If medication is the reason for urinary incontinence, ask for change in medication. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

Coping with UI in long-term

For most people, urinary incontinence is a long-term issue. To cope with urinary incontinence, they need day-to-day management and kegel exercises to take control of the bladder. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

When to seek medical advice

Your primary doctor can advise you on urinary problems such as urinary incontinence. But some problems may require the attention of a urologist, a doctor who specializes in treating problems of the urinary system and the male reproductive system. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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