Unfortunately, as many as one out of every three American men suffer from some sort of urinary incontinence. This problem can be annoying, embarrassing and potentially indicative of more serious medical problems like bladder or prostate disease. However, often times, there are relatively easy things which men can do to improve urinary incontinence. Here are four such suggestions.
Avoid certain food and drinks
Regardless of whether or not you suffer from urinary incontinence, you likely know that there are certain foods and drinks which make you need to go to the bathroom. For men who do suffer from urinary incontinence, there are some foods and drinks to be avoided. These include drinks with caffeine, alcohol, acidic fruits, spicy foods and more.
Many men have benefited from exercise designed to give them more control over their bladder muscles. For example, Kegel exercises can help men get better control over their urination. These are somewhat confusing to start, as they require men to actually locate their bladder muscles first. Additionally, there are a variety of other exercises which men can do, including regular work outs, which can help men gain better control of their bladder.
There are many which men can take that help improve urinary incontinence. Furthermore, many of these medications are available over the counter. They work by preventing the muscle contractions which lead to urinary leaking or incontinence. Examples of these medications include Ditropan, Oxytrol, Gelnique, Detrol, Vesicare and more.
Always talk with your doctor before trying a new medication – even one that’s over the counter – as some of these medications can have side effects which could impair your functioning and safety. Examples include blurred vision, constipation and dry mouth.
Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation
If all else fails, Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation is a potential option. This procedure works by providing low levels of electric stimulation to nerves which help control your bladder and pelvic floor function. It is considered non invasive, non surgical and has a success ratio of between 60-80%. It does, however, require a serious time commitment of twelve weekly visits to the Doctor, with each visit taking around thirty minutes. As such, only investigate this treatment if you have the time and ability to stick with it.
Urinary incontinence in men can be inconvenient and embarrassing, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Remember, you have the power and ability to attempt change. As such, investigate these options, and see what may work for you.