Incontinence in Men
While women are two times more likely to find themselves dealing with some type of incontinence than men are, this statistic does not mean that men are immune to the problem. More often than not, women find themselves dealing with incontinence as a result of the childbearing process. Pregnancy and childbirth can cause stress incontinence, and the hormonal changes that accompany menopause can cause light adult incontinence. Generally when men are faced with incontinence it stems from problems with the prostate gland.
As a man ages, his prostate gland frequently becomes enlarged, and this condition is known as benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH. The prostate gland can be found tucked beneath the bladder sitting next to the rectum. After a man turns forty, this gland begins to grow larger, so that about half of men over the age of sixty are dealing with the ramifications of an enlarged prostate gland.
The problem with the enlargement of any internal organ is that it places pressure on the organs around it, which include the bladder and the rectum. The most common symptom of an enlarged prostate gland is that it places undue pressure on the urethra, which is the opening to the bladder. This added pressure causes urinary tract infections, incontinence, dribbling, a weak stream, a feeling of urgency, nocturia and the need to urinate quite often.
Even though this condition is very common, if you are suffering from any of the symptoms of BPH, you should have your doctor evaluate your condition to make sure that it is not something more serious like cancer or an infection. Then your doctor can also help alleviate your symptoms either through behavior modification or medication.
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