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Bladder Control and Urinary Incontinence

Bladder Control and Urinary Incontinence

Sometimes when nature calls, you don’t have time to pick up the phone – then sometimes nature calls too frequently or unexpectedly and it might be the sign of a serious problem.

Incontinence is accidental leakage of urine, according to the National Institutes of Health. Many men suffer from incontinence, which becomes more prevalent with age. The condition comes three forms: stress, overflow and urge.

Stress incontinence is involuntary loss of urine when coughing, sneezing, and lifting, which puts abdominal pressure on the bladder. The involuntary loss of urine, after an unstoppable urge, is called “urge” incontinence.

Urinating frequently and in small amounts—or “constant dribbling”—is overflow incontinence. Various medical problems, including diabetes and neurological conditions, can lead to this form of incontinence.

For instance, according to the National Institutes of Health, men suffering from diabetes for years could develop nerve damage that affects bladder control. The same hold true for those suffering from a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis, as well as other conditions.

Nerve problems can also cause overactive bladder. Someone dealing with that condition could urinate frequently (eight or more times a day; two times at night), which is called urinary urgency or urge incontinence.

Spinal cord injuries can also affect bladder function, since nerve signals could be interrupted. Removing the prostate, a walnut-sized gland surrounding the urethra adding fluid to semen, can lead to incontinence and erection problems.

Radiation treatment for prostate cancer can also cause incontinence.

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