Top Causes of Bladder Leakage in Men
You still find people who think that bladder leakage means a major shift in lifestyle. Or that there are certain inconveniences you just need to learn to live with. Luckily, with advances in treatment and effective management strategies, these myths are being dispelled every day!
While bladder leakage in men does increase with age, leakage itself is not an inevitable part of aging. The causes are varied and often arise from nerve, muscle or prostate problems. Here’s a closer looks at some of the top causes.
Nerves as a Cause
For the urinary system to do its job, muscles and nerves must work together to hold urine in the bladder then release it at the right time. Nerves carry signals from the brain to the bladder and sphincter. Any disease, condition or injury that damages nerves can lead to urination problems.
Among the contributors to incontinence are chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease. Men who have struggled with diabetes for many years may develop nerve damage that affects their bladder control. A stroke, Parkinson’s and MS all affect the brain and nervous system and therefore may cause bladder emptying problems.
Moreover, any spinal cord injury or complications from various surgeries could also potentially affect the nervous system and its control over the bladder.
Prostate as a Cause
Urinary incontinence can also stem from prostate conditions and is often a side effect of treatments for prostate cancer.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is one common condition that can cause leakage. BPH is a condition whereby the prostate gland becomes enlarged. As it does, it can squeeze the urethra and affect the flow of urine, causing urination changes or incontinence problems.
Prostate cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment may experience temporary or permanent bladder problems. Patients who’ve undergone the surgical removal of their entire prostate gland may also develop urinary incontinence.
Talk to Your Doctor
Under a doctor’s care, incontinence can be treated and oftentimes cured. Even when a cure is not completely possible, careful management can help you feel more relaxed and confident. Talk with your doctor and explore your options today.