Urinary incontinence: the great male taboo
Shame, fear, discomfort... It is normal for you to feel like this if you are suffering from urinary incontinence. Nobody would feel comfortable having urine leaks, much less being a man (there are still many taboos regarding this type of masculine topics). If you're embarrassed by this topic and feel misunderstood, stick around! Today I am going to explain everything that surrounds male urinary incontinence.
What is urinary incontinence?
As its name indicates, urinary incontinence is the inability of the person to hold the urine ; that is, it is the involuntary loss of urine without any type of control of the filling and emptying of the bladder . The bladder, after all, is the organ located under our abdomen and near the pelvis that is responsible for accumulating the urine that comes from the kidneys to expel it from our body.
Although it may seem like an unusual health problem , urinary incontinence affects 1 in 4 men over the age of 40 in Spain.
Why does urinary incontinence occur?
Urinary incontinence is a health problem that can appear for many reasons . Among the best known are having pelvic muscles that are too weak or overactive , diseases such as multiple sclerosis (since they cause damage to the nerves responsible for the bladder), blockage of the urinary tract due to an enlarged prostate in men or the appearance of a tumor in the intimate area .
What treatments are there for urinary incontinence?
You should bear in mind that urinary incontinence is a health problem that must be diagnosed by a trusted doctor or doctor. After knowing the type of incontinence you suffer, the doctor will send you one of the following treatments or solutions:
- Kegel exercises: with them you will train the muscles of the bladder to strengthen it and stop being weak.
- Certain medications: as long as your trusted doctor or physician prescribes them, anticholinergics , topical estrogens , or alpha- blockers usually help to resolve urinary incontinence .
- Urinate twice: in this way you will be able to empty the bladder completely. Wait a few minutes between the first and second time.
- Do not hold the urine: for this, you can schedule certain times to go to the toilet. It is usually good to go every 2-4 hours .
- Control your diet: it is important that you limit the consumption of certain drinks and foods ; as well as alcohol , caffeine or acidic foods .
- Exercise or lose weight _
- Reduce fluid intake . _ _
- Botox: many people decide to inject this botulinum toxin into the bladder muscle to solve problems such as overactive bladder or urinary incontinence , for example. However, it is important to know that this aesthetic treatment is usually only recommended if you have tried other treatments before and have not noticed any improvement.
How about? After all this information, I only hope that you feel more understood and less uncomfortable. We are not going to kid ourselves… Yes, urinary incontinence is a big nuisance! But they say that everything has a solution , don't you think?