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URINARY INCONTINENCE IN MEN
Urinary Incontinence: Overview
Urinary incontinence (UI) is the accidental leakage of urine. At different ages, males and females have different risks for developing UI. In childhood, girls usually develop bladder control at an earlier age than boys, and bedwetting—or nocturnal enuresis—is less common in girls than in boys. However, adult women are far more likely than adult men to experience UI because of anatomical differences in the pelvic region and the changes induced by pregnancy and childbirth. Nevertheless, many men do suffer from incontinence. Its prevalence increases with age, but UI is not an inevitable part of aging.
UI is a treatable problem. To find a treatment that addresses the root of the problem, you need to talk with your health care provider. The three forms of UI are:
What causes UI in men?
For the urinary system to do its job, muscles and nerves must work together to hold urine in the bladder and then release it at the right time. Nerve problems and prostate problems are the most common causes of UI in men.
Any disease, condition, or injury that damages nerves can lead to urination problems. Nerve problems can occur at any age.
The prostate is a male gland about the size and shape of a walnut. It surrounds the urethra just below the bladder, where it adds fluid to semen before ejaculation.
Incontinence Products for Men
Due to the differences in coverage needs and the types of incontinence, there are numerous amounts of incontinence products and incontinence supplies for men. If you suffer from urge incontinence or overactive bladder, adult briefs and diapers and incontinence underwear is recommended. These offer more protection against leaks. Underpads or commonly known as chuck (chux) pads could also be used while sleeping or sitting in a chair to prevent further leaks. There are disposable and reusable options for briefs, adult diapers, incontinence underwear and underpads. If you suffer from stress or overflow incontinence pads or liners could be a better option. Many pads are developed for men to ensure protection and comfort. Pad and liners are used with regular underwear and are typically disposable. These are also commonly known as incontinence guards or shields. Tena®, Depend® and Attends® are some top brands that manufacture men incontinence products.
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