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Male Incontinence

Underlying Problem Requiring Male Incontinence Treatment:
Male incontinence is caused by a number of factors including health and activities. Men who have been involved in strenuous sports can be at additional risk. Male incontinence may be a result of urine leaking due to bladder spasms, weak muscles around the urethra, the inability to empty the bladder fully, or a blockage of the urethra. Male incontinence is often related to the prostate. In addition alcohol, caffeine, diuretics, and over-the-counter and prescription medicines can cause male incontinence.

Treatment:

Treatments for male incontinence will vary from simple to very complex. Some of the easiest approaches are to make a few lifestyle changes. Cutting back on caffeinated drinks like coffee can make a big difference. Lowering alcohol intake can also be beneficial. Exercises like Kegels can help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, too. Even increasing the frequency with which you visit the bathroom can help to decrease the unwanted results of male incontinence. Doctors also recommend that patients practice "double voiding." To do this, the patient relaxes for a moment after urinating and then goes again.

Those who experience numbness in the legs, feet, or buttocks; fever, chills, and abdominal pain; or blood in the urine or burning sensations with urination should call their doctor immediately. It is also recommended to see the doctor if the incontinence is getting worse instead of better or if it is interfering with the patient's normal daily life.

In addition to lifestyle changes, some patients may be helped through medicines or surgical interventions. In many cases, male incontinence is a sign that the prostate has become enlarged, and treating the prostate will fix the incontinence issue, as well.

Recovery from Male Incontinence Treatment:

The recovery period required after treatment for male incontinence will be dependent upon the type of treatment required. Lifestyle changes will not likely require a .recovery. period, although they may be lifelong changes. The recovery process from surgical procedures will probably involve pain medication and restrictions on activities. The doctor will instruct patients on how to recover appropriately.

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